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Author: wgeoff    Time: 27/03/2007 16:54     Subject: Purple-backed Starling

I think this is a female Purple-backed Starling, on Po Toi today, Tuesday 27th March

[ Last edited by wgeoff at 21/09/2010 18:26 ]
Author: kmike    Time: 27/03/2007 17:56

Hi geoff

According to the Avifauna Purple backed is extremely rare in Spring, with very few records, and Chestnut-cheeked is alo rare, while White-shouldered is the more likely.

However the dark eye separates from White-shouldered and the extent of white on the wing looks to be too much for Chestnut-cheeked Starling.

In my opinion (and I quite happy to be corrected) this is indeed a Purple-backed Starling.

A nice record!

Mike K
Author: wgeoff    Time: 27/03/2007 20:49

Thanks for the confirmation Mike.

It was enjoying the free fruit available on many of the gravesites on Po Toi this week.

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