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Tristram's Grackle, Tristramstar, Onychognathus tristramii

Posted Friday 11th December 2009 at 14:28 by NicoleB
Updated Friday 11th December 2009 at 15:51 by NicoleB

While visiting St. Catherine’s monastery last Saturday and listening with half an ear to our tour guide and snapping pictures, I got Sidetracked by some motion and noise above our heads.

At first glance I thought it’s some sort of a small raven, but then I saw the orange at the wing and started taking pics of this little Beauty.

Tristram’s Grackle, Tristramstar, Onychognathus tristramii

The Grackles are members of the starling family.
They are larger than your usual starling, about 25cm in length (this includes a 9cm tail)and have a glossy black plumage with orange wing patches, black bill and legs.
The plumage of the female is duller with a greyish brown head.

Grackles are very noisy. Their far-carrying call sounds a bit like a wolf whistle.

They gather in flocks and feed on fruits.

Their nests are mainly in crevices on Rock surfaces and they occur from Sea level to 3000m.

The world range of this Grackle is confined to the Middle East, Egypt’s Sinai, Israel, Jordan and Western and Southern Saudi Arabia.

Some Infos are taken from “Birds of Egypt” and “Birdforum“
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What a great looking bird, Nicole! I hope you took all the info in from your tour guide aswell as taking!!!

A super image of the grackle! Well done!

Thanks for sharing your delightful Grackle and lovely clear blue sky!
Posted Saturday 12th December 2009 at 16:36 by Pam_m Pam_m is offline
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Thanks, Pam :)

I did take in the Infos he gave us while we were on the bus, but I skipped the ones when we were in the monastery.

I bought a book instead and can look them up :)

Have the pics on my normal blog, if you care to see the place.
Haven't posted all yet, but you get an idea:
Posted Sunday 13th December 2009 at 15:55 by NicoleB NicoleB is offline
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Thanks for the link, Nicole. I will go and take a look at your blog later!
Posted Monday 14th December 2009 at 15:44 by Pam_m Pam_m is offline
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Loved browsing your blog, Nicole, very nice photo's and information! The pic of the camel's is great! They look as though they needed that!
Posted Sunday 20th December 2009 at 12:00 by Pam_m Pam_m is offline
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Thanks, Pam.
I think they are simply bored of all the tourists
Posted Sunday 20th December 2009 at 12:11 by NicoleB NicoleB is offline
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