Re: Rosy Starling

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Subject: Re: Rosy Starling
From: "Murray Lord" <>
Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2004 20:54:23 +1000
It is interesting to note that the Rose-coloured Starling has a extremely similar distribution to the Isabelline Wheatear that turned up in Queensland about two years ago. 
Maybe they are both examples of reverse migration (which is cited as the reason so many east Palaearctic species turn up as vagrants in the UK).  If they were supposed to be returning from southern India to Turkey and went 180 degrees the wrong way they could end up in northern Australia.  That said, at this time of year I guess it's more likely to be an overshoot on the southern migration than reverse migration when trying to head north west.
Just an idea.
Murray Lord
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