Rose-coloured Starling Sturnus roseus

Rose-coloured Starling
Rose-coloured Starling
The Rose-coloured Starling, also called Rosy Starling, ranges from east Europe across Asia to China. It migrates south in winter and may reach west Europe (with occasional vagrants to UK) in summer when food (insects including grasshoppers) is plentiful. Pictures above show male in breeding plumage with quiff raised; non-breeding and female plumage is duller with less quiff.
Rose-coloured Starling
Rose-coloured Starling
Sunbathing, showing iridescent wings
Rose-coloured Starlings - male's longer crest The male (right) has a longer crest and brighter plumage than the female (left, smoking weed).
Rose-coloured Starling Winter head plumage includes white spots (feather ends). Juvenile plumage is pale brown.
Flock of Rose-coloured Starlings
Flock of Rose Starlings
Like the Common Starling, the Rosy Starling is a gregarious, flocking bird and the flocks can be huge.
Flock of Rose-coloured Starlings
Flock of Rose Starlings
Flock of Rosy Starlings
Just a small fraction of this flock of hundreds -- possibly thousands -- on the shore of a lake
Pink on the rocks Pink on the rocks
Rose Starlings pink under-wing The pink under-wing
An argument An argument
Pink bill The bill is usually pink
The quiff
The thistle "This'll be a thistle"