Rose-coloured Starling

After a busy day yesterday I was meant to be getting on with some revision for my GCSE mocks next week, but I was sent a Tweet with a request for a bird ID.

I’ll admit I’m not the best at bird identification, so I passed it on to Toby  who is much more experienced that me.

Within a few moments Toby came through with an identification of a Rose-coloured Starling.

As the bird was quite local to me, I was luckily invited to go and see it.

Only 5 minutes after we settled down in the kitchen, the bird flew on to an apple tree close to the kitchen door, then hopped down to the ground and started feeding on the apples.

It was quite comfortable sharing the apples with the local Blackbirds and only disappeared back up in to the nearby trees for a short time before returning again.

Rose-coloured Starlings or Rosy starling (Pastor roseus) originates from eastern Europe, breeding in places like Albania, Croatia, Romania, Slovakia, Turkey and Ukraine, so it was quite an event to see one in Oxfordshire.

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About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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6 Responses to Rose-coloured Starling

  1. What a fortunate spot! Great shots!

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  2. Great images and what a discovery! – absolutely love starlings in all their forms. I’ve heard of a couple of instances of these rocking up in the U.K. now.

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