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Purple-Backed Starling

Purple-Backed Starling
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Copyright: Ang Hwee Yong (Meerkat) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 896] (5258)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-02-09 1:48
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Points: 2
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Purple-Backed Starling (Daurian Starling)
(Sturnus sturnius)
Size: 19 cm

The purple-backed starling has a pale grey head, nape and under-parts, a purplish black patch on the hind crown, a purplish black mantle and glossy greenish black wings. It has a very short blackish tail and two whitish wing bars. Iris brown. Legs and toes horny, tinged with green. Sexes alike. Female has a slightly dull coloured.

Typical harsh starling whistling and whickering notes.

It mainly occur in wooded area and seldom seen them in gardens or parks. They usually occur in flocks of 20 30 and never seen alone. It feeds on fruits, berries, nectar and insects.

Very common winter resident throughout the wooded area in the island.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-02-09 2:20]

Hi Ang,
excellent POV of the catch.
Beautiful colors of feathers and more.
Have a nice day,

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