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Old Sunday 27th November 2005, 21:10   #1
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Starling With White Tail tip

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Can anyone out there shed some light on this colouration, I have noticed this particular bird on numerous occasions on the feeders in my garden over the past few weeks. After checking my previous records over the past two to three years I noted that this appears every year around this period of time, I am therefore wondering if this could be one of our migrant birds or just a abnormal colouration.
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Old Sunday 27th November 2005, 21:57   #2
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It's a partly leucustic Starling ie it has a genetic defect affecting melanin in the tail feathers.As were it comes from who knows?It could be a british bird or it could be a continental.Unless it's ringed there's no real way of telling.

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Old Monday 28th November 2005, 16:41   #3
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It's a partly leucustic Starling ie it has a genetic defect affecting melanin in the tail feathers.As were it comes from who knows?It could be a british bird or it could be a continental.Unless it's ringed there's no real way of telling.

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Thanks Dimitris
I had a feeling that this may be the case, it was that As i have already said I only see this bird at this time of the year, indicative that a may be a migrant.

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