Asian Glossy Starling – hackle feathers

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“I find that the more I watch the more to discover. Was enjoying two Asian Glossy Starlings (Aplonis panayensis) when noticed these pointed feathers at the neck, the hackles.

“Wells (2007) says of them ‘feathering of head, to anterior edge of mantle and upper breast, hackle-pointed ..’

“Craig (2010, Starlings and Mynas) says ‘hackle feathers of the neck and throat…’”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
11th May 2014

Location: Canning Garden Home, Ipoh City, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Urban environment

  1. Gretchen

    Very interesting. I wonder what the purpose of these feathers is – does anyone have ideas?

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