Rose-coloured Starling

Pastor roseus (Linnaeus, 1758) OE ROCST 15840
Family: Passeriformes > Sturnidae

Rose-coloured Starling, Toby Carter

This scarce visitor may be encountered within flocks of Common Starlings, where its two-tone plumage – buff-pink and black in first winter birds, grey-brown and black in juveniles – can reveal its presence. Breeding plumage adults are seen here less commonly.

Rose-coloured Starlings breed from Turkey and Ukraine east to Mongolia, and winter in India. In some years, movements into western Europe may occur in some years and breeding may then follow.

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Rose-coloured Starling identification is usually straightforward.

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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


This species is a rare vagrant and was recorded during Bird Atlas 2007–11 as shown on the map.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


This vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution change.


Rose-coloured Starling is a scarce passage migrant, with adults recorded in late spring and juveniles in autumn; some individuals have overwintered.

Weekly occurence of Rose-coloured Starling from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.

Foreign locations of birds ringed or recovered in Britain & Ireland

Foreign locations of Rose-coloured Starling ringed or recovered in Britain & Ireland
Encountered in: Winter (Nov-Feb); Spring (Mar-Apr); Summer (May-Jul); Autumn (Aug-Oct)


Lifecycle and body size information about Rose-coloured Starling, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


Sample sizes are too small to report Biometrics for this species.

Feather measurements and photos on featherbase


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Gaelic: Druid-dhearg
Welsh: Drudwen Wridog
Catalan: estornell rosat
Czech: špacek ružový
Danish: Rosenstær
Dutch: Roze Spreeuw
Estonian: roosa-kuldnokk
Finnish: punakottarainen
French: Étourneau roselin
German: Rosenstar
Hungarian: pásztormadár
Icelandic: Rósastari
Irish: Druid Rósach
Italian: Storno roseo
Latvian: sartais strazds
Lithuanian: rožinis varnenas
Norwegian: Rosenstær
Polish: pasterz
Portuguese: estorninho-rosado
Slovak: pastier ružový
Slovenian: rožnati škorec
Spanish: Estornino rosado
Swedish: rosenstare
Folkname: Rosy Pastor

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