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.
Sunbathing, showing iridescent wings
The male (right) has a longer crest and brighter plumage than the female (left, smoking weed).
Winter head plumage includes white spots (feather ends). Juvenile plumage is pale brown.
Like the Common Starling, the Rosy Starling is a gregarious, flocking bird and the flocks can be huge.
Just a small fraction of this flock of hundreds -- possibly thousands -- on the shore of a lake
Pink on the rocks
The pink under-wing
The bill is usually pink
"This'll be a thistle"