Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Chestnut-tailed starling (Sturnia malabarica)

Chestnut-tailed starling


Chestnut-tailed starling (Sturnia malabarica)

Chestnut-tailed starling or grey-headed starling or grey-headed myna is a member of the starling family.Both male and female Chestnut-tailed starling birds are similar.They have grey upperparts and blackish remiges, but the colour of the remaining plumage depend 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 flanks and crissum). size 20cm.


Open woodland and cultivation.


Insects, and worms while plant diets included fruits and nectar


Sri Lanka, Bnagladesh, India, Bhutan and Nepal.

Range Map

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Sources Of Information

Birds of the Indian Subcontinent by Grimmett, Carol Inskipp and Tim Inskipp, ISBN 0-691-04910-6