Re: Rose-coloured Starling

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Subject: Re: Rose-coloured Starling
From: Lawrie Conole <>
Date: Tue, 07 Sep 2004 09:38:29 +1000
Peterw wrote:

Don't know about that interpretation Bob. The bird has gone through at least
one moult as juveniles are plain brown, and those are the ones most often
reported out-of-range in Europe.

For those frustrated easterners salivating over the Rosy Starling in the far NW, can I suggest you just go a few extra miles and watch these birds for real in Central Asia. Out on the steppe in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan in 2000 I recall seeing thousands of the blighters - big wheeling flocks reminiscent of Galahs with the alternating pink/dark flashes of colour. It looks like this local wanderer is going to be a bit elusive on its own in such a big landscape - well done to those who found it in the first place.

Lawrie Conole
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Ornithology & Terrestrial Ecology

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