(Common) Starling Druid (Coitianta) Sturnus vulgaris
Common resident breeding species.
Global Distribution: Europe, Africa and the south-western half of Asia.
Introduced to many other countries.
Rosy/Rose-coloured Starling Druid Rósach Pastor roseus
51 county records involving 54 birds up to the end of 2020.
First county record was was one on Cape Clear from the 31st August to the 8th September 1961.
Birds wre seen at the following locatoins: Allihies, Ballycotton, Barley Cove, Cape Clear Island, Cobh, Dursey Island, Firkeel, Galley Head, Lehanemore and Garinish (West Beara), Knockadoon Head, Liss griffin, Marathon Gas Platform (off Cork), Mizen Head, Power head, Old Head of Kinsale, Schull.
Apart from one record of two birds at Garinish on 21st June 2002 all were single birds and most were immature.
Recorded in all months of the year except February, March and April with most records in the Autumn.
Distribution: A widespread summer visitor to south-eastern Europe, which accounts for less than half of its global breeding range. Also found in south central Asia, India and Sri Lanka. (Birdlife International)