Rose-coloured (Rosy) Starling

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Subject: Rose-coloured (Rosy) Starling
From: Paul Taylor <>
Date: Thu, 07 Dec 2006 23:37:27 +1100
John Tongue wrote:
I guess it would take some time to establish a breeding colony, but given our country's experience with introduced pests, I wonder at the wisdom of releasing this bird - surely keeping it in captivity or euthanasing it would have been preferable?

I considered the same thing, but decided that the answer is "no".

Rose-coloured Starlings seem to be turning up all over the place
e.g. Kgalagadi National Park, South Africa:

Unless there is evidence of human intervention, it should be assumed
to be self-introduced and left to its own devices; Cattle Egrets,
Blue and white Flycatchers, Grey-headed Lapwing etc. spring to mind.


   Paul Taylor                                  Veni, vidi, tici -
                           I came, I saw, I ticked.

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