The Splendid Starling (Lamprotornis splendidus), also known as the Splendid Glossy-starling
From: ‘The birds of Africa, comprising all the species which occur in the Ethiopian region’ (Vol. 5 Pt 1) by G.E. Shelley
(Image: Helmut Tischlinger)
Archaeopteryx is one of the world’s most iconic prehistoric animals - a dinosaur caught in the midst of evolving into a bird, some 155 million years ago. In German it’s the urvogel, loosely translated as the original bird, as it was, until recently, believed to be the earliest bird species.