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Photo © by john-henry
Lesvos, Greece, May 2004

Alternarive names: Rose-coloured Starling, Rosy Pastor

Pastor roseus

Sturnus roseus


A first-year bird, the type that most often occur as vagrants in western Europe
Photo © by jandok
Lauwersmeer, Netherlands

21cm (8¼ in). A medium-sized Starling.

  • Rose-pink body with glossy black crested head, neck, wings, vent and tail
  • Pink legs
  • Orange/pink short and stout bill in summer, brown in winter
  • Pink parts sullied grey in winter

Sexes similar, females are a bit duller and have a shorter crest.

Juveniles don't have a crest. They have sandy-brown upperparts, dark, pale-fringed wings, a dark tail and whitish underparts.

Their bill is yellowish. The pale rump and the dark patches under the wing show in flight.

Similar Species

Juvenile resembles a pale young Common Starling, but can be identified by the pink legs and paler plumage.


Breeds regularly from southern Ukraine east over the central Asian steppes to Kazakhstan, Western Mongolia and south to eastern Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and northwest China. Occasionally further west to Eastern Europe and as a vagrant in western Europe.

Most birds winter in India and Sri Lanka.
Common to abundant in its range


S. roseus; breeding range
S. roseus; winter
Maps/Texts consulted2

Birds in flight migrating back to India in July
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Gurgaon Rural, Haryana, India, July-2018


This is a monotypic species[1], which is sometimes placed in the genus Sturnus.


Steppe and open agricultural land.


Gregarious, forming flocks with Common Starling.


Immature with Adults
Photo © by Alok Tewari
I Gurgaon, Haryana, India, Aug. 2015

Nests in holes in walls, among stones on open ground. Breeds colonial, some colonies with thousands of birds.


Its diet includes grasshoppers and other insects.


High-pitched rapid chatter when feeding in flocks.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2009. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 14: Bush-shrikes to Old World Sparrows. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553507
  1. Birdwatchers Pocket Guide ISBN 1-85732-804-3
  2. Collins Pocket Guide to British Birds 1966
  3. Collins Field Guide 5th Edition

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