572. Pastor roseus

572. Rose-coloured Starling.
Pastor roseus (Linn.), Syst. Nat. i. p. 294 (1760) ; (Naum.), ii. p. 206, Taf. 63 ; Hewitson, i. p. 217, pl. lv. fig. 2 ; Gould, B. of E. iii. pl. 212 ; id. B. of Gt. Brit. iii. pl. 56 ; Newton, ii. p. 243 ; Dresser, iv, p. 423, pl. 250 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xiii. p. 63 ; Oates, F. Brit. Ind. Birds, i p. 518 ; Saunders, p. 229 ; Lilford, ii. p. 68, pl. 31.
Martin rosclin, French ; Storno marino, Ital. ; Rosenstaar, German ; Rosovoi skvoretz, Russ. ; Golabi maina, Tilyer, Hindu.
Male ad. (Italy). Head, neck, fore-breast, wings, tail, and thighs black, glossed with purple and green ; head heavily crested ; back, rump, breast, and abdomen rich pale rose colour ; beak rose colour, brown at the base ; legs dull brownish ; iris reddish brown. Culmen 0.95, wing 5.0, tail 2.7, tarsus 1.3 inch. The female is duller in colour than the male. In the winter the rose colour is obscured to some extent with brownish, and the feathers on the head, throat, and neck are tipped with buff. The young bird is sandy grey above, whitish below ; the head and fore-neck striped with brown ; wings and tail dark brown, the feathers edged with rufous buff ; beak yellowish brown ; legs brown.
Hab. Southern Europe, rare or accidental in Great Britain, Scandinavia, Northern, Central, and Western Europe ; commoner in Eastern Europe, Asia Minor, and Central Asia ; winters in India as far east as Sikhim, and south as Ceylon and the Andamans ; of rare or accidental occurrence in N. Africa.
Though in general habits this bird much resembles the Starling it is usually found In large flocks, which appear regularly in a most irregular manner as at Villafranca in 1875. Its food consists in the summer of insects of various kinds, grasshoppers, locusts, &c., otherwise of grain seeds, and fruit, and it is said to be very partial to mulberries. It rarely breeds further west than Turkey, but is nearly always found nesting in vast communities. The nest is a very loose structure of grass-bents, &c., and may be placed in the ground or amongst stones or on buildings, often but little concealed. The eggs 3 to 5 in number are usually deposited in June, and are glossy white, faintly tinged with pale blue, sometimes pure white, and measure about 1.12 by 0.81.

A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
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572. Pastor roseus
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H. E. Dresser
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Rose Coloured Starling
Rosy Starling
Pastor roseus
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