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Wattled Starling

Wattled Starling
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-11-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2019-03-13 5:50
Viewed: 343
Points: 14
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The Wattled Starling (Creatophora cinerea) is a nomadic resident in eastern and southern Africa. It is a species of grassland, open woodland and cultivation.
This is the only African starling which appears to show affinities with the Asian starlings, particularly the genus Sturnus. Its bare face patches and ability to open-bill feed in grassland are unique amongst African starlings.
This common species appears to be extending its range into West Africa, and has also occurred in Arabia, Madagascar and the Seychelles.

The Wattled Starling is 21 cm long, with a short tail and pointed wings. It has mainly grey plumage except for a white rump, and black flight feathers and tail. The breeding male has a white shoulder patch and a distinctive head pattern, with unfeathered yellow skin, and black forehead and throat wattles.
The non-breeding male has a feathered head except for a small yellow patch behind the eye. There are no wattles, but there is a black moustachial stripe. The white shoulder patch is much reduced. The female and juvenile plumages are similar to the non-breeding male, but the flight feathers and tail are brown.

The Wattled Starling is a colonial breeder, and may share its colonies with the Cape weaver. It always nests in trees or bushes, including acacias and eucalyptus at between 1 and 10 m above the ground. The globular nest is made from twigs and lined with grass or feathers. The two to five, usually three or four, eggs are pale blue, immaculate or with some brown spots, and are laid before the dome of the nest is completed. Both sexes build the nest, incubate the eggs and feed the young.

Like other starlings, the wattled starling is an omnivore, taking a wide range of invertebrates seeds and berries, but its diet is mainly insects including many locusts, leading to the local name "locust bird".

Source: Wikipedia

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2019-03-13 5:55]

Hi Peter,perfect pose,especially the turned head,for a great capture! Very sharp and in a nice composition too,well done for this wattled starling. Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Peter,
Excellent details and very nice colors of an interesting specie of starling....

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2019-03-13 7:17]


Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose on beautiful blurry BG, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid shaepness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Seen this Starling for the first time, Peter.
Wonderful frontal capture.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2019-03-14 4:38]

Dag Peter,

Mooie pov en houding van de vogel! Ook de scherpte en de doortekening in de veren zijn prima.
Voor mij is dit een nieuwe soort, nooit eerder gezien. Vooral de gele oogstreep is heel subtiel.
Mooi werk.


Hello Peter,
Another beautiful species of Kruger. Well captured with splendid POV and details. Natural colors and well composition.
Thanks and regards,

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