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Unknown bird species

Observed: 5th June 2012 By: GwynMay
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This bird, plus one other, has just appeared in our garden, and seemed to be accompanying the starlings, though much larger than the starlings. I cannot identify it.

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Bill Henderson's picture

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GwynMay

I've just been watching a starling feeding one of its young at my bird table. The youngster looks huge. Certainly a lot bigger than the parent.

Bill

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Isn't it odd how the paler colour makes the juveniles seem larger...in fact, they are the same size as the adults.

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That certainly makes sense.

Bill

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It's also presumably because adults' plumage is worn and old, whereas the juveniles have new feathers; those new juvenile feathers are looser than those of an adult and so look 'fuller'.

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