Starlings are vividly-coloured song birds. Even dark-coloured species have iridescent plumage. Many starlings produce different calls. Some species can even mimic human sounds!
Bold and unfazed by human company, our starlings are often seen perching on the wooden railings, or strutting confidently along the visitors’ path. During feeding sessions, they are typically the first to snatch a worm or two from the feeding cups before darting off quickly.
The turacos are known for their sophisticated ‘hairdos’. The feathers around the head lack barbules, lending a glossy appearance to their elegant crests.
In most birds, the feathers produce their colours by refracting light with specialised feather structures (iridescence). But turacos possess both the copper feather pigments of red turacin and green turacoverdin, a trait that sets them apart from any other living birds.