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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
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!
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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