I'll Be Smart! - Starlings Chick - NZ

AndreaEL

Gore, New Zealand

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While photographing the baby starlings under the roof I was delighted to see this little one pop out from under the roof. He is not ready to leave the nest yet and he was being smart by getting ahead of the queue and in line for the next lot of food. I have seen six little mouths under the roof.
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The common starling is from Europe, North Africa and western Asia. Around 1,000 birds were introduced to New Zealand from the 1860s to the 1880s. Starlings are found throughout mainland New Zealand, except in densely forested or mountainous country. They have spread to the Chatham, subantarctic, Kermadec island groups, and further afield to other Pacific islands.
In the breeding season, both males and females have a glossy purple- or green-black head and breast, and yellow bill – pink at the base in females, blue in males. Their wings and underbodies have yellow-buff speckles, which, in winter, also extend over the breast and head. They are about 21 centimetres long and weigh 85 grams.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Nov. 2010

Being Fed

I Can’t Remember Who Is Next

The Smart One

Being Told Off

We Have Fledged

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