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Wednesday, 19 October 2011

A Chinese Special----Red-billed (Silky) Starling

The Red-billed Starling (or Silky Starling) is a medium sized starling and a resident of Southeast China, although rare sightings have been recorded in South Korea, Taiwan and Japan.

As its name indicates, the Red-billed Starling has a red bill with dark tip, and a grey coloured body.

While the male bird has a distinctive whitish head, 

the head of the female is mainly brownish. 

But both sexes have orange coloured legs.  

Each year, the Red-billed Starlings travel from Southeast China to Hong Kong to spend the winter here.  A couple of days ago, I saw several birds feeding in mutflats during a very low tide. Unlike most of the shorebirds, the Red-billed Starlings search for food through cracks in the dry mud. 

Sometimes,  they even put the entire head down to look for insects trapped in the shallow water.


Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Those pictures sticking his head into the cracks are something. Thanks for showing this.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

They look quite odd with their head so far down in the mud cracks out of sight. It must have been a treat to stay and watch them.

Giga said...

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Claudia said...

Excellent images with stunning detail. Congratulations.

Have a lovely day.

NatureFootstep said...

such a nice starling. :) Love your presentaion of´it. It seems to like the caved in spots, probably lots of food in there. :)

Thanks for visiting my birdblog. :)

cris photos said...

Olá! que belas fotos , um abraço.