Rose-coloured Starling (Immature moulting)
Rose-coloured Starling (Juvenile)
Rose-coloured Starling (Males spring)

Observations, notes, photos

Rose-coloured Starling on the pier of Qaru Island the 30th April 2013

Scientific Name 
Pastor roseus
Arabic Name 
Kuwaiti name 
سمن سلو
21.0 cm
Least Concern


Scarce passage migrant; rare winter visitor. Large populations of this bird winter in northern India and move irregularly westwards to settle and breed in areas with a good supply of locusts. In Kuwait seen usually in small, fluctuating numbers.
Where in Kuwait 
It is a is a highly social bird, feeding and migrating in flocks and roosting communally. On migration its habitat is varied and it can be found in areas ranging from open country and agricultural land to areas with mature trees and as such it has been recorded in the Jahra area, as far west as Al Abraq an on some large private farms
In the world 
It has an extremely large range and a population trend that is difficult to determine because of uncertainty over the impacts of habitat modification on population sizes. It is one of the most widely-distributed species of starling in the world, with a breeding range that extends from Kazakhstan and central Russia into eastern Europe. The winter range is geographically distinct from its breeding range, with birds generally wintering in India and sometimes on the eastern coast of Oman. On occasion, migrating birds may stray off course, appearing as far from their usual range.
Local threats 
Indiscriminate shooting and trapping for the illegal bird trade