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Rosy starling

Rosy starling
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Copyright: marios philippou (marios) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 20] (186)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-05-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Olympus OMD M5
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-11-15 0:25
Viewed: 1615
Points: 10
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Rosy Starling at Akrotiri Limassol Cyprus
The rosy starling (Pastor roseus) is a passerine bird in the starling family Sturnidae, also known as the rose-coloured starling or rose-coloured pastor.The species was recently placed in its own monotypic genus, Pastor, and split from Sturnus. This split is supported by recent studies, though its closest living relatives are still not certainly known.

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. The juvenile can be distinguished from common starling (Sturnus vulgaris) by its obviously paler plumage and short yellow bill. Young birds molt into a subdued version of the adult plumage, lacking the crest, in autumn and acquire the adult plumage when they are nearly one year old in females, and nearly two years in males. The latter in their second year wear a plumage similar to adult females but with longer crests and noticeably pale feather edges.

The breeding range of this bird is from easternmost Europe across temperate southern Asia. It is a strong migrant, and winters in India and tropical Asia. In India in winter, it often appears to outnumber the local starlings and mynas. The rosy starling is a bird of steppe and open agricultural land. In years when grasshoppers and other insects are abundant, it will erupt well beyond its core range, with significant numbers reaching France and the United Kingdom.

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Καλημέρα Μαριε

Εξαιρετική φωτογραφία με πολύ καλές λεπτομέρειες, πολύ υψηλή καθαρότητα ,πάρα πολύ όμορφη σύνθεση. Τα χρώματα ειναι πολύ όμορφα και η ροζ απόχρωση πολύ καθαρή. Σημαντικό οτι κυνηγά και τις ακρίδες. Καλό Σαββατοκύρικο.


Ciao Marios, great capture of loveky bird in nice pose, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Marios,
Beautiful photo with fantastic lights and most of sll composition. The model's excellently off-centered and is looking into the frame - only these 2 facts themselves can sell a photo if the exposure's as perfect as in the case of this image. Good work, congratulations! And a very interesting species either. Thanks for sharing.
Best regards, László

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-11-15 18:50]

Hello Marios,
The Rosy Starling is a new bird for me, and a beautifully marked bird at that. I like the composition which shows it perched on some tall reeds in it's natural habitat. Good focus and wonderful eye contact. Love the bright blue sky which is something not often seen here in Ohio.

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2014-11-16 1:21]

Hello Marios,
great capture rare species,regards..

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