Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Asian Pied Starling


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!


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18 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful birds and beautiful captures as always! Hope you have a wonderful day!

Sylvia

heyBJK said...

What a cool looking bird! Nice head color!

Gary said...

They are great looking birds!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Rambling Woods said...

Lots prettier than the european starlings that we have here...Happy New Year!!!

TexWisGirl said...

what a neat bird! almost like a mynah!

eileeninmd said...

What a beautiful bird, I wish our starling looked like yours. Great bird and photos.

eileeninmd said...

What a beautiful bird, I wish our starling looked like yours. Great bird and photos.

lotusleaf said...

Lovely shots, Kanak! I don't know how you get the birds to pose for you :)

mick said...

Great photos and beautiful birds.

Anita Kumar said...

Cute birds! Never seen them around here.

Stephanie said...

Happy New Year Kanak and family!! Wonderful bird and flowers you have there. I wish you will enjoy these things even more this year. Oh happy blogging also ;-)

BlueShell said...

First time here and I LOVE IT!!!
GREAT SHOTS...lovely birds!!!

BShell

Arija said...

Quite frankly, I have never seen a pid starling before, so thank you for the pleasure.

holdingmoments said...

Lovely looking bird.

Pat Ulrich said...

Such lovely birds -- cool shots!

joo said...

So beautiful!
Happy New Year to you:)

Springman said...

Interesting info and great supporting shots! Thank you for sharing this lovely starling.
Happy New Year

Larry said...

Very cool bird! I assume they are native there?