The Burchell’s Starling is a plump and lively bird that can be found in the savannas of Africa. Its distinctive features include a short tail and vibrant coloring. As adults, they display predominantly brown heads with a dark green hood and upper body, while their bellies boast a rich rufous hue. When in flight, they’re easily recognizable thanks to their pale buffy patches on their underwings. Younger birds are less striking in appearance, with completely pale and buffy underparts. These social birds are often seen in small flocks, sometimes alongside other species of starlings. Their call is a short, trilling sound that descends rapidly, characterized by a distinct vibrating quality. The Burchell’s Starling prefers dry savannas and thorn scrub as their habitat.