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Rose-Colored Starling

 

(Pastor roseus), a bird of the family Sturnidae of the order Passeriformes. The body length is about 23 cm. The males are pink above and below; their wings, head, and tail are blue-black. The females are paler in coloration, and the young are sandy-colored.

The rose-colored starling is distributed in steppe and semi-desert zones from Hungary and Yugoslavia to the Western Altai and Afghanistan. The bird winters in Pakistan, India, and Sri Lanka. Rose-colored starlings nest in colonies and often change their nesting site. The nests are constructed in rock crevices and on rocky debris. There are five or six light-blue eggs in a clutch. During its nesting period, the rose-colored starling is considered a beneficial bird because the female feeds itself and its young grasshoppers. After nesting, however, the birds cause some damage to orchards and vineyards.

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Cemlyn NWWT lagoon, Anglesey, held two roseate terns during the week and a rose-coloured starling was seen for a few days in a Holyhead garden.
BIRD NOTES With Julian Hughes | A juvenile Rose-coloured Starling pictured in a garden in Craig-y-Don, Llandudno.
Rare birds were thin on the ground in North Wales this week, the highlights being a Quail singing its "wet-my-lips" song near Aberffraw at the weekend, a Rose-coloured Starling in a Valley garden last week, a White-winged Black Tern at NWWT Cemlyn Lagoon and a Honey Buzzard and three Hooded Crows on Bardsey.
A Black Kite was reported over Broughton last Friday, while a Rose-coloured Starling was at a holiday park south of Fairbourne.
-MORE than 70 rose-coloured starlings have arrived across Britain in what is the biggest-ever influx of this colourful species from Asia and eastern Europe.
-AN unusually large westward migration of rose-coloured starlings from their breeding grounds in south-east Europe and Asia has resulted in the appearance of four birds on the Isles of Scilly.
Anglesey hosted several Rose-coloured Starlings during the year, but one in a Llandudno garden in October - remaining to mid December - proved the most popular.
Rose-coloured starlings are invading Britain from eastern Europe.
| Reports from across Europe suggest that a wave of Rose-coloured Starlings is spreading from the south east, with notably large numbers in southern France.
Two Rose-coloured Starlings, smart adults in pink-and-black finery, were at Trearddur Bay over the weekend, a Curlew Sandpiper and Little Stint were on the Alaw estuary and a Wood Sandpiper at RSPB Cors Ddyga late last week.