• Aperture: ƒ/7.1
  • Camera: NIKON D4S
  • Taken: 1 February, 2015 15:34
  • Focal length: 700mm
  • ISO: 1000
  • Shutter speed: 1/500 s

Around the cave by the beautiful Detwah lagoon I fond a large group of this species. They were congregating on the rock face and they were flying in and out of the area constantly, but I found no nests.

Somali starling (Onychognathus blythii)
The all-black male resembles the endemic Socotra starling (both sexes are black), and many local market these flocks as the rare starling, but they are not. The Socotra starling prefers the higher elevation, and has a different vocalization than that of the Somali. The Socotra starling is very mellow and single noted – just like the European bullfinch.

So if you visit Socotra and wonder which is which – listen to their calls and you’ll have the answer.