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Chestnut-tailed Starling

Sturnia malabarica


It is a myna by name and size-wise. Chestnut colored front and belly. Ashy coloured wings. Touch of blue at the base of the bill. I think of the four that came; two are chicks. the other two are the parents.


Urban residential area. My rooftop terrace.


The birds that come to my terrace get a choice of food items...fruits (always bananas plus whatever else is at hand. mangoes from my trees when the fruit is in season), whole wheat grains and crumbs of bread. I know bread is not supposed to be given but ALL the birds love it. The doves go and eat the bread crumbs FIRST then peck at the whole grains which I get specially for them. The bullbuls and koels ignore the bananas /other fruit for the bread. the starlings did so too! What is it about bread that they like so much?

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Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Spotted on Nov 17, 2020
Submitted on Nov 17, 2020

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