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BirdPix:   607
Country:   Botswana
Locus:   1823DA
Observer:   Kennedy David; Photography; Dave; Anne; Tina; Samantha Kennedy
Date of record:   2012-04-21
Number of photos:   3
Notes:   This young elephant was offended by the presence of the starling at his waterhole, so he began a dominance display involving, inter alia, much scattering of water about the place (first two photographs). The starling, far from being intimidated, knew exactly that it was doing, and had a great time grabbing and eating tiny frogs and other small water life unintentionally scattered about by the elephant. Makes one wonder how much water-life is unintentionally ingested by elephants. [R.N.: record also accepted in MammalMAP:3532]
Last updated:   2020-12-03 11:24:41
Sp. code:   743
Species name:   Lamprotornis australis
Common name:   Burchell's Starling -- Grootglansspreeu
Family:   Sturnidae
Record status:   ACCEPTED
Collector's species id:   Burchell's Starling Lamprotornis australis
Institution:   ADU-UCT
Record URL:
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VM-number: 607 - photo: 1
VM-number: 607 - photo: 2
VM-number: 607 - photo: 3

Comments by the Expert Panel on this record:

Comment number:   1
By:   Jason Kyle Boyce
Comment:   Interesting
Date:   2012-09-23 13:27:51
Species name:   Lamprotornis australis -- Burchell's Starling; Grootglansspreeu
Species code:   743

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