Daurian Starling/Purple-backed Starling

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Large flocks of Daurian Starling/Purple-backed Starling (Agropsar sturninus) at this wetlands site. The flock I was watching had in excess of 95 birds.

They forage both on fruit and insects. For insects they behave like a “mixed foraging party of birds”, swarming through a tree, checking under foliage.

In the image below, you can see one checking out a spider’s nest.

 

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

 

Location: Malim Nawar Wetlands, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Extensive ex-tin mining area with pond/lakes, wetlands, fish farming

Date: 2nd January 2019

Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, handheld

 

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