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Old Thursday 25th October 2012, 13:53   #1
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Help needed. Black bird with red / orange under wings

Can anyone help me please ? At Akamba Garden Centre outside Solihull there were about 6 black corvid like birds ( bit like ravens ) but with red / orange / brown / rusty colour under the wings. Never seen them before and just can't find out what they were. About the size of a Woodpigeon but slimmer - like a corvid type. The black is like a magpie too - sort of blue sheen to it. It's driving me mad. Thank you

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Old Friday 26th October 2012, 14:05   #2
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Although this is just down the road from me, I haven't been for a few years but it looks like these are escaped African birds from the aviary. Are these the birds? http://www.growingontheedge.net/view...php?f=2&t=6466 (scroll down to last photo)
Can't help with the species I'm afraid.
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Old Friday 26th October 2012, 14:08   #3
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Sounds like Redwinged Blackbird, contact your county recorder,
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Old Saturday 27th October 2012, 03:58   #4
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Thanks for responses. Definitely not a red winged black bird ( the red is on the underside of the wings ). Matt, I think you are right. Going back soon so I'll find someone to ask. Unfortunately the waitress couldn't help last time !!
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Old Saturday 27th October 2012, 09:00   #5
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Thanks for responses. Definitely not a red winged black bird ( the red is on the underside of the wings ). Matt, I think you are right. Going back soon so I'll find someone to ask. Unfortunately the waitress couldn't help last time !!
Is this any closer?

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Old Saturday 27th October 2012, 15:59   #6
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Phil. Genius. It's not that one but I clicked on the link for Red Winged Starling - and that's what they are ! And, as Matt says - they are from South Africa - Akamba have an aviary for birds they have imported ( our waitress said ' they are as big as ostriches'' !! ), it's not open to the public yet - but you can see the top of it - and I could see that a Magpie had got IN, so these Red Winged Starlings must have got OUT. Thank you so much to all for helping me solve this - it was driving me crazy.

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Old Saturday 27th October 2012, 16:06   #7
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.... Matt. If you live nearby you should take a stroll over and have a look ! They are really charming, make a great sound, and they hang round the Akamba Kitchen Door for the scraps !

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Thanks for the pointer guys. I live closeby and just had to take a look. I saw said birds but whilst desperate to increase my tally I couldn't tick them even though they were out and loose.. Ho hum

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Hi Alan, do you agree that they are Red Winged Starlings though ?
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Absolutely. I'd still love to tick it and then it would be a cosmicMF but this would really be stretching it! Nice bird though and it brought a smile.

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Thanks Alan. They made me smile too. I would seriously recommend a viewing to all bird lovers ! They make a great sound too !
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