July 31, 2016 – Rosy Starling or Rose-colored Starling (Pastor roseus)

These starlings are found from Kazakhstan and central Russia to eastern Europe, wintering in India. They feed on insects and grubs during the breeding season, when large numbers of grasshoppers and locusts are found in much of their range. At other times of year their diet widens to include fruit, berries, seeds, and nectar. They are highly social birds, traveling in flocks and breeding in dense colonies. Nesting in various cavities and crevices in rocks and scree slopes, they build the nests from grasses, twigs, and feathers. Both parents share in incubating the eggs and feeding the chicks.


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