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Starling, Pied

Unread postby Tilandi » Thu May 26, 2011 11:46 pm

Another bird from Karoo NP.

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Unread postby DotDan » Fri May 27, 2011 9:04 am

This one almost looks Starling to me?

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby MattAxel » Fri May 27, 2011 9:55 am

This one looks like a Pied Starling to me.

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Unread postby Tilandi » Fri May 27, 2011 10:21 am

Thanks again to Niall, DotDan and MAttAxel. Much appreciated. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Batmad » Fri Jun 10, 2011 10:18 pm

Tilandi this bird is pied starling ;)
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Starling, Pied

Unread postby arks » Fri Dec 16, 2011 5:36 am

I don't see a topic for this bird, so here's one that I saw on my stoep at MXNP on 14 September 2011. (The seed was there when I arrived, perhaps scattered by a previous visitor.)

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Re: Starling, Pied

Unread postby Stritchy17 » Wed Dec 28, 2011 7:46 pm

If you like these birds then a great place to see them not too far from Darling is Olifantskop quarry in Langebaan. It is literally bursting with them.

I love these birds, infact starlings in general are my favourite family of birds. So intelligent, curious, and beautiful.
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Re: Starling, Pied

Unread postby Leeukos » Sat Apr 06, 2013 10:50 am

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The colour of the iris can change depending on season, breeding, condition and age. The immature pied starling has a dark brown iris, which will become a pale whitish colour when mature.
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Re: Starling, Pied

Unread postby Leeukos » Sat Apr 06, 2013 10:56 am

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Small round holes in earthbanks of less than 10 cm diameter are commonly excavated by nesting Pied Starlings.
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Re: Starling, Pied

Unread postby Ladybirder » Sat Apr 06, 2013 5:10 pm

Leeukos Thanks for sharing these fantastic photos :clap: :clap: and for the interesting facts

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby johanclassen » Wed Jan 14, 2015 10:43 pm

Hi, I know this is going to be unfair, but this is all I got. Who is going to be brave enough to try and help, I dont know. This bird was photographed on a farm near Britstown. I managed to shoot 2 photos before it flew off without looking back. At home I saw the funny feathers on the top of the head, but I still have no clue. I scanned all my volumes of Bird Books. Appreciate any help.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby DotDan » Thu Jan 15, 2015 8:22 am

Johan, I am going to shoot with an ID here, and I think it might be a Pied Starling, could possibly be something else but to me it looks like a Starling.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby johanclassen » Thu Jan 15, 2015 1:19 pm

By gosh Hilda, ( THIS SHOULD HAVE READ DOT- DAN) I think you are correct. I found the Pale-winged Starling there as well and I had a look at the images of a Pied Starling in Roberts but could not find anything to show me that there might be some ruffling of feathers on the head. Now after your ID I had a look at various other images on web as well as in my SASOL Bird Guide and in SASOL a side view image (not drawing) give an indication of a feather ridge over the head. The 2 spots of white aroud the tail area did not make me believe that it was a Witgat. Tnx a lot I think you are correct. :clap:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby hilda » Thu Jan 15, 2015 3:24 pm

DotDan wrote:Johan, I am going to shoot with an ID here, and I think it might be a Pied Starling, could possibly be something else but to me it looks like a Starling.


Thanks for the compliment johanclassen but the compliment is due to DotDan! :D

I also had a look at the Pied Starling after DotDan identified your bird as one, and could clearly see the resemblance on the pictures on Roberts' Multimedia, but only after DotDan identified it. :thumbs_up:
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