Tuesday, 16 February 2016

WIlD BIRD WEDNESDAY - South Africa - Pied Starling

This is a bird I photographed when my friends and I stopped for a picnic before reaching Kruger National Park, South Africa.  It is a Pied Starling.

Pied Starling
27 cm

A large, blackish-brown starling with a conspicuous white vent. At close range, exaggerated yellow gape, creamy-white eyes and glossy wing coverts are visible. Paler primary bases are visible in flight. Juv. is matt black with white vent; gape white; eyes dark. 

Voice: Nasal ‘skeer-kerrra-kerrra', often given in flight; also a warbling song. 

Endemic. Common resident in grassland and Karoo scrub. 
Often in flocks, frequently with Wattled Starlings . 

Usually roosts and breeds colonially in holes in earth banks; noisy and conspicuous when commuting to and from its colonies at dusk and dawn. 

Sometimes gleans ectoparasites from livestock.

I am linking this post with WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY.

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  1. A much more dramatic bird than the starlings I see over here.

  2. Hello Margaret, wonderful series on this Pied Starling. It is a handsome bird. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

  3. Interesting pictures.I find it interesting to see birds with much the same name and yet look so different from what we have here.

  4. That's a great bird and wonderful pictures. It's a new one for me.

  5. Colonies and noise--- Must certainly be related to our introduced European Starlings. I like 'em.

  6. Looks a bit like those Magpies they get in Australia.............

  7. A great bird and lovely photos :)

  8. lovely fellow..noisy and conspicuous, just my kind of bird :-).

  9. Just beautiful! You got some great shots!