A photo of a Rosy Starling (Pastor roseus)
Rosy Starling

Rosy Starling

Pastor roseus

The rosy starling (Pastor roseus) is a passerine bird in the starling family, Sturnidae, also known as the rose-coloured starling or rose-coloured pastor. The species was recently placed in its own monotypic genus, Pastor, and split from Sturnus. This split is supported by recent studies, though other related species within its new genus are not yet known for certain. The adult rosy starling is highly distinctive, with its pink body, pale orange legs and bill, and glossy black head, wings and tail. Males in the breeding season have elongated head feathers which form a wispy crest that is fluffed and more prominent when the bird gets excited. In winter, the crest is shorter, and the edges of black feathers within the plumage become paler as the edges of these feather erode. Winter plumage in males is comparatively dull. Females in contrast have a short crest and lack the sharp separation between pink and black. The juvenile birds can be distinguished from common starling (Sturnus vulgaris) by its obviously paler plumage and short yellow bill. Young birds moult into a subdued version of the adult plumage in autumn, yet these lack the crest. They do not acquire their adult plumage until they are nearly one year old in females, and nearly two years in males. The latter grow plumage very similar to adult females in their second year, but are distinguished by longer crests and noticeably pale feather edges than female juvenile birds.
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Gurnoor Dhillon
Sunday 19 Mar 2023 - 7:05am
India
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Captaincaveman Hamp
Friday 03 Feb 2023 - 1:42pm
United Kingdom
A photo of a Rose-coloured Starling photographed in  United Kingdom
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Adele Bruce
Saturday 28 Jan 2023 - 12:10pm
United Kingdom
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Arjun Cheyyur
Saturday 26 Nov 2022 - 6:43am
India
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