Monday, 31 March 2014

Rosy Starlings or Rose-coloured Pastor

As I have already mentioned, flocks of Chestnut-tailed Starlings and Rosy Starlings have been visiting our garden and neighbourhood. Watching the Starlings fly from one tree to another (as a group) is awesome. These birds seem to be bullying the other resident birds such as pigeons, parakeets, barbets, common mynas, and so on.

The Rosy Starlings migrate to India during winter. The body is Pink in color, the legs and bill are pale Orange, and the head, wings, and tail are Black. The juvenile birds have a paler plumage and short yellow bill. These birds can be found in open agricultural lands or grasslands, feasting on grasshoppers and locusts. There's an article in Indian Express titled, Fighters in Flight.

Rosy Starling sitting on our Mango tree
Rosy Starlings
A flock of Rosy Starlings


  1. It's good to see Rose-cloured Starlings where they are very common. Occasionally one or two turn up in the UK here.

    1. Thanks for visiting the blog, Phil. These birds are migratory; first time in a few years that I've seen them visit our garden/neighbourhood. We are very happy to have them :)