French: Étourneau pie German: Elsterstar Spanish: Estornino pío común
Other common names:
Subspecies and Distribution
G. c. contra
(Linnaeus, 1758) – extreme E Pakistan (Lahore area), N & C India (E to W Assam, S to extreme N Karnataka and N Andhra Pradesh), S Nepal and Bangladesh.
G. c. sordida
(Ripley, 1950) – NE India (E Assam).
G. c. superciliaris
(Blyth, 1863) – NE India (Manipur), Myanmar (except S & E) and SW China (SW Yunnan).
G. c. floweri
(Sharpe, 1897) – S & E Myanmar, Thailand (except E), NW Laos and Cambodia.
22 cm; 76–90 g. Medium-sized starling with feathers of forehead and crown hackled, and feathers of hindcrown and nape elongated. Nominate race has forehead and cheeks... read more
Song, by both sexes, a prolonged series of phrases with shrill churrs and a few croaking and... read more
Open areas with scattered trees and wet ground, often near cultivated areas and human habitation;... read more
Food and feeding
Omnivorous, diet includes animal food, fruit, nectar and flowers, and seeds. Fruits taken include those of figs (Ficus), ... read more
Season Feb–Oct (mainly May–Jul) in India, May–Jul in SE Asia; possibly Apr–Sept in Arabia; occasionally double-... read more
Resident. Local movement in extreme NW of range.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common to locally abundant in most of Indian Subcontinent range, uncommon in W; common to fairly common in SE Asia. Common in Bombay... read more
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