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Chestnut-tailed starling

Sturnia malabarica

Description:

♦ The chestnut-tailed starling or grey-headed myna (Sturnia malabarica) is a member of the starling family. It is a resident or partially migratory species found in wooded habitats in India and Southeast Asia. The species name is after the distribution of a former subspecies in the Malabar region. While the chestnut-tailed starling is a winter visitor to peninsular India, the closely related resident breeding population with a white head is now treated as a full species, the Malabar starling (Sturnia blythii).--------------------♦ The adults have a total length of approximately 20 cm (7.9 in). They have grey upper parts and blackish remiges, but the colour of the remaining plumage depends on the subspecies. In the nominate subspecies and blythii, the underparts (incl. undertail) are rufous, but in nemoricola the underparts are whitish tinged rufous, especially on the flanks and crissum (the undertail coverts surrounding the cloaca). The nominate and nemoricola have a light grey head with whitish streaking (especially on crown and collar region). Both subspecies have white irides and a yellow bill with a pale blue base. The sexes are similar, but juveniles have whitish underparts and just chestnut tips to the tail feathers.--------------♦ It is typically found in open woodland and cultivation. It builds a nest in hole. The normal clutch is 3-5eggs.--------------Like most starlings, it is fairly omnivorous, eating fruit, nectar and insects. They fly in tight flocks and often rapidly change directions with great synchrony.

Habitat:

♦ It is a resident or partially migratory species found in wooded habitats.                                                                                                          ♦ It is typically found in open woodland and cultivation. It builds a nest in hole.

Notes:

♦ Sukanya Mam (@SukanyaDatta) helped me to identify the spotting....

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Chestnut-tailed starling or Grey-headed myna
Sturnia malabarica Chestnut-tailed starling - Wikipedia


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5 Comments

Roy Arun
Roy Arun 2 years ago

Yes mam...

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 2 years ago

Jeytuku porlam...agay ekta species consider kora hoto..ekhon duto.

Roy Arun
Roy Arun 2 years ago

acha mam....ami confused chilam, etar r malabar starling (blyths starling) r modhe....anagin thanks to you for confirming..

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 2 years ago

You are welcome; ami eta Kolkata tay first dekhi.

Roy Arun
Roy Arun 2 years ago

Thanks Mam for ID..@SukanyaDutta

Roy Arun
Spotted by
Roy Arun

West Bengal, India

Spotted on Jun 5, 2015
Submitted on Apr 1, 2019

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