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Glossy Starlings

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Mon Nov 28, 2005 9:27 am

These birds = KNP for me, so I can't decide whether I'm disappointed or chaffed to see them anywhere else. They've started appearing in the Vaal Triangle. I first saw one in Vereeniging in a garden and another over the weekend in Vanderbijlpark. They've been spotted by others as well. I know it's possible to buy them at a local bird dealer. Would it be correct to assume they could've escaped from captivity? I see they are not rare to the area, just not very common, but I've never seen them around before.
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Unread postby Imberbe » Mon Nov 28, 2005 9:44 am

There has been a general inflow of indigenous birds in to our cities in the past 10 plus years. The glossy starlings are becomming quite common in Pretoria. Gauteng (and most of SA) is within the natural distribution area of the Cape Glossy Starling.

Also have been noting some Plumcoloured Starlings breeding in our area.
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Nov 28, 2005 9:57 am

Glossy starling s are very common in PTA. Their distrubtion map is definitely shifting every year. Their habits are quite similar to that of the indian or common mynah.
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Unread postby Snoobab » Mon Nov 28, 2005 10:01 am

GP, I don't think they are escaped birds as there are too many of them. My garden in Edenvale has loads of them and they are breading in my area. These are just like the Lourie and a host of other birds that has moved into urban areas. To me they were also bushveld birds so I also have mixed feelings.

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Unread postby Bosblues » Mon Nov 28, 2005 1:18 pm

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....I have to agree............. I know I've arrived in the Park when I hear the Glossy Starlings.... it simply signifies the peace and quiet and then my body shuts down and starts to relax..... :bday:

......it's just NOT the same seeing them anywhere else.......... :tongue:
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Nov 28, 2005 1:43 pm

And on the other hand er Darren, I know when I want to leave a picnic spot, and that is when these lil feathered hooligans turn up en mass to harass the previous night's baked beans outa me. Sorry but they are not one of my favourite associated Kruger birds.
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Starlings: Glossy Starling

Unread postby Elsa » Fri Jun 16, 2006 7:46 pm

Could this possibly be the Greater Blue-eared Starling?
It is actually one of Jocks pics but when we came to posting it, I was suddenly not sure which one it was.

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Jun 19, 2006 6:53 am

I agree with J-ms. Difficult to say on the angle of the pic. Sorry Elsa.
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Unread postby Snoobab » Mon Jun 19, 2006 8:04 am

also agree with j-ms. The angle and light make it too tricky to make a definate ID.

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Unread postby Elsa » Mon Jun 19, 2006 10:20 am

Ok, thanks anyway guys,
Jock took the pic at Afsaal and I somehow automatically assumed it was the Glossy until looking more carefully and then, as I said became unsure. :?
I was wondering if the black or darker tips at the ends of the wings would not be diagnostic?
Until then it will just have to go down as a ? glossy!! :wink:

We did get to see the Longtailed Starlings at S/S dam again and they have become real "beggers" sitting next to the car door and singing you the most cheerful little song they can muster in the hope of a crumb or two. :D
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Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Wed May 09, 2007 9:24 am

Guinea Pig wrote:I know it's possible to buy them at a local bird dealer. Would it be correct to assume they could've escaped from captivity?


This thread has been running for a while now, but I don't see anybody picking up on Guinea Pig's observation. It is illegal to deal in indigenous birds or to keep them captured. If you know about such on-goings it should be reported to a conservation body so that the offender can get his butt kicked!
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby MarkWildDog » Sat Aug 30, 2008 6:14 pm

Greater blue-eared starling. Only starlings that could fit the bill is the glossy or greater blue eared. This one is a greater blue eared because of the broad dark blue ear blotch and the general colour of the bird isnt that of a glossy. Glossys are much brighter and is more of a green in colour and not a blue.


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