The Rose-coloured Starling or Rosy Starling is a bird that breeds in Asia, apparently in vast numbers. From time to time, instead of migrating south too the Indian sub-continent to spend the winter, the odd one migrates in the wrong direction and finishes up, totally lost in Europe and even the UK. One such lonely bird has been here near to my home in Devon, UK since December. In the time spent here it has started to moult through from a juvenile in to a sub-adult. Not exactly rosy as yet but in a true parody of the Ugly Duckling nursery tale, it is quite a pretty bird. While not being particularly familiar with the species I have discovered that under normal conditions they have a preference for grasshoppers and locusts but the bird here has been feeding with Common Starlings, from a garden bird table on the usual fare of fat balls and other scraps. I decided to obtain some locusts from my local pet shop and see if it would enjoy them. The answer, as you can see from the photograph is, yes very much.
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