Head and neck violet-black, the feathers on the crown elongated, forming a crest: back and belly rose-red.
P. roseus, Temm. Man. d'Orn. tom.I. p. 136. Rose-coloured Pastor, Selb. Illust. vol. I. p. 343. pl. 36. f. 2,3. Rose-coloured Ouzel, Mont. Orn. Diet. Rose-coloured Starling, Bew. Brit. Birds, vol. I. p. 110.
Entire length eight inches six lines: breadth, wings extended, fourteen inches six lines.
(Male). Head and neck velvet-black, with violet and green reflections; the feathers on the crown very much elongated, forming a pendent crest: back, rump, breast, and belly, rose-red: wings and tail blackish brown, with violet reflections: under tail-coverts, and thighs, black: upper mandible, and tip of the lower one, yellowish red, the remaining portion black: irides deep brown: feet yellowish red. (Female). General colours of the plumage much paler; the red tinged with brown: the feathers on the crown shorter. (Young of the year). "No crest: all the upper parts of the body isabella-brown: wings and tail brown, all the feathers fringed with white and ash-colour: throat and middle of the abdomen pure white; the rest of the under parts cinereous brown: bill yellow at the base, brown at the tip: feet brown." Temm. (Egg). Colour unknown.
An occasional, but very rare, visitant in this country. Has been observed in Sussex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Oxfordshire, Dorsetshire, Northumberland, Lancashire, and Ireland. Habits similar to those of the Starling. Food insects and their larvae; also seeds, and occasionally cherries. Said to build in the holes of trees and old walls, and to lay six eggs.