Purple Gloss

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Common Starling - Taxonomy - Subspecies
... The gloss is green on the head, belly and lower back, bronzy purple on the neck to upper chest and back, and purplish on the flanks and upper wing-coverts ... In eastern parts of range, more purplish and less bronzy gloss ... Adult with darker and duller green gloss and far less spotting even in fresh plumage ...

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