Turdus roseus Linnaeus, 1758, Lapland and Switzerland.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: Rose-colored starling, rosy pastor; French: Йtourneau roselin; German: Rosenstar; Spanish: Estornino Rosado.
7.5–9.1 in (19–23 cm); weight 2.1–3.1 oz (60–88 g). Black head to upper back, chin to base of throat, wing feathers, tail, and vent. Pale rosy back, breast, and abdomen. Bill ivory-yellow.
South-central Eurasia; generally found where locust swarms are regular; winters primarily in India, but wanders widely.
Found in semi-desert areas with thorn bushes; other barren areas, including industrial sites, agricultural areas, lawns, and pastures.
Migrant; very gregarious. This is often a roadside bird, coming to puddles to bathe and drink as well as to bare areas to feed.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Diet includes primarily insects, especially grasshoppers, crickets, and locusts, but also grapes, mulberries, and other fruit. It often feeds in association with cattle.
Nests colonially in holes among rocks, in walls, or similar sites. In some studies, young were fed almost exclusively crickets and grasshoppers.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
Long recognized for helping to control locust swarms. Sometimes hailed for eating locusts in the spring and hated for taking grapes in the summer.
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