Rosy starling

Sturnus roseus subfamily

Sturninae taxonomy

Turdus roseus Linnaeus, 1758, Lapland and Switzerland.

other common names

English: Rose-colored starling, rosy pastor; French: √Čtourneau roselin; German: Rosenstar; Spanish: Estornino Rosado.

physical characteristics

7.5-9.1 in (19-23 cm); weight 2.1-3.1 oz (60-88 g). Black head to upper back, chin to base of throat, wing feathers, tail, and vent. Pale rosy back, breast, and abdomen. Bill ivory-yellow.

distribution

South-central Eurasia; generally found where locust swarms are regular; winters primarily in India, but wanders widely.

habitat

Found in semi-desert areas with thorn bushes; other barren areas, including industrial sites, agricultural areas, lawns, and pastures.

behavior

Migrant; very gregarious. This is often a roadside bird, coming to puddles to bathe and drink as well as to bare areas to feed.

feeding ecology and diet

Diet includes primarily insects, especially grasshoppers, crickets, and locusts, but also grapes, mulberries, and other fruit. It often feeds in association with cattle.

reproductive biology

Nests colonially in holes among rocks, in walls, or similar sites. In some studies, young were fed almost exclusively crickets and grasshoppers.

conservation status

Not threatened.

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