Rose-coloured Starling at Coffs Harbou

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Subject: Rose-coloured Starling at Coffs Harbou
From: "alan morris" <>
Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2006 21:27:07 +1100
Hi Birders,

While trapping Common Mynas in the "myna Trap" set up near a backyard avairy, 3 blocks from the Coffs Harbour CBD,Craig Cassady and a friend caught an unusal bird in the trap on 5/12/06.

They identified the birds as a Rose-coloured Starling, and upon googling for "Rose-coloured Starlings in Australia" saw the two hits of birds and photos at Broome. The bird they found resembled those birds. They contacted some friends and the NPWS. The NPWS advised them to photograph and release the bird, giving them permission to band the bird and take some feathers for possible DNA analysis. The bird was subsequently released this morning at 0800 hrs this morning and has not been seen since.

Three photos are available which show an obvious Rose-coloured Starling. Measurements will be sent to me indue course.

This I think is the 3rd Australian Record if accepted by BARC. Rose-coloured Starlings are not known to be kept as avairy birds in Australia.

Alan Morris

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