Purple-backed Starlings at a termite hatch

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“Saw a flock of 35-40 of these migratory Purple-backed Starling (Sturnus sturninus) with a few 1st winter birds. (Above shows an adult male, below adult male at left and adult female at right.)

“They were aerial foraging for swarming termites in the early morning with Blue-tailed Bee-eaters (Merops philippinus), mynas, a pair of Pied Trillers (Lalage nigra), a White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis), etc.

(The image above shows 1st winter starling and below, starling in flight.)

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
29th September 2014

Location: Malim Nawar Wetlands, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Extensive ex-tin mining area with many pond/lakes, wetlands, fish farming

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