Pastor roseus, Lin.
690. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 333 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 495; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 414; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 180; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 128.
THE ROSE-COLORED STARLING.
Length, 9 to 9.5 ; expanse, 14; wing, 4.5 to 5.25 ; tail, 2.75 to 3; tarsus, 1.2 ; bill at front, 0.7 ; bill from gape, 1.12.
Bill pinkish, brown at tip, orange-yellow at base ; irides deep brown; legs dusky-reddish.
Whole head, with crest, neck, and breast, fine glossy-black, with purple reflections; wings and tail black with a green gloss ; rest of the plumage pale-salmon or light rose-color.
Young birds have the salmon or rose-color much dashed with pale-brown and fuscous, and the head not so glossy; and the young of the year are more or less earthy-brown, paler beneath and without a crest.
The Rose-colored Pastor is a common cold weather visitant to all parts of the district. The majority of the birds met with are young birds in imperfect plumage.