Another or the same??

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commish
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Another or the same??

Hi All,

There were 4 birds together in the yard, one other looked a bit different, but sure someone can help out - [img]
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_2znpgCnEvyc/SX_BpxCSyLI/AAAAAAAAFsI/tYVQTrWDC0I/s640/280109%20003ab.jpg[/img]

Cheers

commish
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Didn't seem to work

Cheers

Commish

DenisWilson
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Starlings
Adult in this imae

Grey one is a juvenile.

commish
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Hi Dennis,

I Thought that they were Starlings, but when I looked for some info on the net it just didn't seem quite the same. This would be a "Common Starling"?

Cheers

Commish

magpie
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Yes, Common Starling/European Starling

Put them in the same category as the common myna.. seem to be less abundant in many areas though.

DenisWilson
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Hi Commish
Yes.
Check the BiBY bird finder list. It is very useful
http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/finder/display.cfm?id=35
It says: "The Common Starling has a wide variation in plumage. Both sexes are similar, although the female is less glossy than the male. In autumn, when the plumage is new, birds are glossed black, with a purple and green shine, and the tips of the body feathers have large white spots. At this time the bill is dark and the legs are brown. With wear, the white spots are lost, while the bill and legs turn yellow. During the breeding season adults become glossy-black without any spots. Young birds are dull grey-brown."
The Canberra Ornithologists Group photo gallery is always worth checking too. Usually many images to compare.
http://photogallery.canberrabirds.org.au/
(Might I suggest that you save that page in your favourites, or bookmarks for future reference)
In this case, they only have adult Starlings, however.
http://photogallery.canberrabirds.org.au/thrushes_starlings.htm#COSL
Worth a look, and pretty quick to download, as they only allow low resolution photos on their site.
Cheers
Denis

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