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#1 BigSkyKen

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 05:25 AM

I had this tentatively identified as a female European Starling, but have to admit that I've never paid close enough attention to them to know that I'm correct. Take at Cobh Harbor, Ireland, July 2011
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Posted 03 August 2012 - 11:29 AM

yep just a starling
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Posted 03 August 2012 - 07:23 PM

I would call it a juvenile.

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 05:57 AM

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 04:33 AM

I agree with JimBob, a juvenile. Starlings aren't sexually dimorphic.

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 12:53 PM

I agree with JimBob, a juvenile. Starlings aren't sexually dimorphic.


I read that male starlings have a blue base of the beak, and females pink. . . That true?

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 07:12 PM

I read one thing that said in the summer, the females beaks are completely yellow, while the males' are yellow with a bluish gray base.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 02:49 PM

I read that male starlings have a blue base of the beak, and females pink. . . That true?


You're right, JimBob, but that only applies when the birds are in their breeding plumage. BNA also states that females have a bright colored ring around their iris that males lack, but that's probably tough to see in all but the sharpest close-ups.

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 01:39 AM

Thanks billy, just wish I could remember where I heard that. . . I bet it is in one of my bazillion field guides. :rolleyes:

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