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Very nice photo showing off it's glossy feathers
It's a stunning bird which is full of character but one that is often taken for granted.
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Excellent photo Chris. Is the yellow beak common or possibly seasonal? Most of the starlings I see have a dark beak.
Hi Adam, thanks for your kind comment. As for bill colour I do see what you mean from looking at other images. Most adults in my neck of the woods have yellow beaks but not always as yellow as this one. I'm a would be photographer who likes taking images of birds and not a bird expert. Hopefully an expert may be able to answer your question more fully. Regards Chris
Hopefully someone else will comment.
The RSPB website lists them as having black/dark grey or yellow beaks, so it's probably quite common... just not for me.
The Collins guide to British Birds suggests that the bill is dark in winter but can be yellow, particularly on males, in summer. When did you take this photo?
The image was taken yesterday.
Well that would seem to rule out summer plummage!!! Hopefully an expert can explain for us.
From a bit of research I think the bill turns yellow in spring for the breeding season. This one must to getting ready a bit early.
Sounds feasible... probably looking for a head start.
I have just looked in my British trust for ornithology book and it show's a photo with a yellow bill and says it is a summer male,with fewer spots than a winter male were the bill would be dark.It may be worth looking at older photo's on the carousel below and seeing what bill colour's there are and the time of year.I too am no expert this is just what I have seen in the book.
I almost posted when I first looked at this photo it’s so striking.
This is a male in full breading plumage. The bill does change with the season and I was surprised to see it so yellow so early. (Must check out the few that remain in my area, in the high street.)
Sexing when they are like this is easy; look at the base of the bill, blue for a boy pink for a girl.
That's really useful to know.
For the record had a pair wondering around the garden this afternoon (11th Feb) now in full breeding plumage.
You can tell the sex as well from the length of the hackle feathers and the colour of the iris. Hackle feathers are longer in males and a male's iris is generally black not light brown. This is definately an adult male. Great shot too! I have a total soft spot for starlings intelligent and boisterous birds, top ten!
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