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Bird with green

Started by cedar, 12/29/2004 02:37PM
Posted 12/29/2004 02:37PM Opening Post
Is this little green patch normal on this bird? It's right behind the branch.

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Posted 12/29/2004 08:23PM #1
Starlings have iridescent plumage that is especially noticeable right after they molt. The whitish tips on this guy indicate that he/she has just molted. Based on the light angle in the shot, that is just an iridescent reflection from the feathers.

Sharp eyes to see it!

Jeff

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Posted 12/29/2004 08:55PM #2
Hello Harry. Here is a photo that shows the green patch of irridescence pretty well. Starlings can be real pests, but they are pretty photogenic in the right circumstances.
Cheers,
Tyler

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Posted 12/30/2004 09:17AM #3
Nice shot Harry.
Starlings can have several iridescent colors if you get them in the right light.


Robert W.

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Posted 12/30/2004 01:16PM #4
As others have said... this is the universally (I hope) despised European Starling. 100 Were introduced into Central Park a loooong time ago and now they rule the continent, forcing other cavity nesters out of their nests so they can take over!

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