This is the only confirmed photograph of both sexes of the endemic species I got during my visit, as this is a couple (both sexes look the same, opposed to the Somali starling where the female has a grey upper body), and I heard their mellow one-note vocalization, which resembles that of the Eurasian bullfinch.

They are sitting on the most famous of all plants of Socotra – the dragon blood tree (Dracaena cinnabari) – looking for fruit which during my visit was scarce.

  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: NIKON D4S
  • Focal length: 700mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/1600 s