March 3, 2016

Pearlescent Pair

Photograph by Joel Sartore

This portrait of a pair of purple glossy starlings (Lamprotornis purpureus) at the Kansas City Zoo in Missouri was taken for the Photo Ark project by photographer Joel Sartore. Photo Ark is a multiyear National Geographic project with a simple goal—to create portraits of the world’s captive species before they disappear, and to inspire people everywhere to care. The photo collection currently comprises images of more than 5,000 species, but Sartore aims to document the 12,000 captive species worldwide.

Learn more about National Geographic Photo Ark.

11 comments
santos moncef
santos moncef

v ery beautiful this bird is like a black Crow:

Suzanne Barnes
Suzanne Barnes

Beautiful!  The colors are amazingly vibrant in this shot-- you really brought them out.  Best of luck with your project!

Chris B.
Chris B.

Thank you Joel. I've just been reading about your Photo Ark project and I'm in awe of the magnificent images and the significant commitment you've made. Making a difference like this at both the species and planetary levels is really something.

mike d.
mike d.

I live in Kansas City. I can see it's time for another visit to the zoo. It's been a while and now I'm inspired to make a visit!

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