Rosy Starling

Scientific Name: Pastor roseus
Alternative Name: Rose-coloured Starling, Rosy Pastor
Malay Name: Perling Jambu
Chinese Name: 粉红椋鸟

Found from Southeast Europe, Central Asia to Western China, wintering to the Persian Gulf, Indian subcontinent, Sri Lanka, Southern Thailand, Malay Peninsula and Singapore.


Size: 21-24 cm

Identification: A myna-size starling with pinkish plumage, blackish head, wings, tail and vent. Juvenile has pale sandy greyish-brown upperparts with darker wings and tail, paler underparts and yellowish bill.

Habitat: Coastal habitats, parks and gardens.

Behaviour/Ecology: Observed to flock with Common Myna and Asian Glossy Starling.

Local Status: Rare migrant and escapee

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

Location: Changi, Lorong Halus, Kent Ridge Park, Jurong Island, Jurong Lake Park, Tuas and St John’s Island.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page (BirdLife: Sturnus roseus)
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
David Wells (2007) The Birds of Thai-Malay Peninsula, Volume 2