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Wallaroo Station Animal Fact Sheet
ROSY STARLING
Sturnus roseus

Range:
Easternmost Europe across temperate southern Asia & Australia.

The adult of this species is highly distinctive, with its pink body, pale orange legs and bill, and glossy black head, wings and tail. Males in the breeding season have elongated head feathers which form a wispy crest that is fluffed and more prominent when the bird gets excited; the crest is shorter in winter and the black areas have paler feather edges, which get worn away as well as the black becoming more glossy in the breeding season. Winter plumage in males is rather dull. Females have a short crest and are duller overall, especially without the sharp separation between pink and black.


Habitat: Prefer open agricultural land.
Diet: Omnivore, but prefers insects.
Status: Least Concern (IUCN)
Approximate Dimensions of Adult: n/a
Lifespan: n/a
Reproduction & Offspring: n/a

 

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