Welcome back to my blog in 2012!:) Hope you all had a wonderful New Year's celebration with family/friends. Continuing with my posts of backyard birds, prominent on that list, is the Asian Pied Starling. They usually come here in pairs or in small groups and forage on the ground. They also keep calling so you never really miss them. The photo (above) was taken last year when my neighbour's Corky Coral tree was blooming in March. Right now, the medium-sized tree is covered with large rough leaves but the leaves will soon fall and the tree will be covered with blooms. These red spiky flowers attract many insects and birds.
I found this one on a vacant plot near our house. Wiki says that these starlings are usually found in small groups,foraging mainly on the ground but perching on trees and buildings. Birds in a group call frequently with a wide repertoire that includes whistles, trills, buzzes, clicks, and warbling calls. They forage in the open ground on grains, fruit, insects, earthworms and molluscs. Like many other starlings, they often use a prying action in order to dislodge the food from the ground.
This post is for World Bird Wednesday. Click on the link to see the most amazing photos of birds from across the world. Happy blogging, happy birding, and of course, have a wonderful 2012!