Family Starlings (Sturnidae)

Least Concern

Black-collared Starling (Gracupica nigricollis)


Taxonomy

French: Étourneau à cou noir German: Schwarzhalsstar Spanish: Estornino cuellinegro
Taxonomy:

Gracula nigricollis

Paykull

, 1807,

Canton (Guangzhou), Guangdong, China

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Monotypic.

Distribution:

Myanmar (except W & SW) and S & SE China (S from Yunnan and N Fujian) S to N peninsular Thailand and S Indochina. Introduced in Taiwan, Peninsular Malaysia#R and Singapore#R.

Descriptive notes

27–30·5 cm; 122–178 g. Large starling with mostly pied plumage; feathers of forehead and crown hackled. Has forehead, crown, chin and throat white,... read more

Voice

Calls include shrill rattles and melodious notes and harsh whistles; disyllabic "tiu tiu... read more

Habitat

Open areas, including grassland, rice stubble, cultivated fields, lawns and settlements; also dry,... read more

Food and feeding

Earthworms (Oligochaeta), grasshoppers and crickets (Orthoptera); seeds also recorded as eaten. Forages primarily on the ground, including... read more

Breeding

Season Mar–Jul in China, and Feb–Aug in Myanmar and SE Asia; multi-brooded. Presumed monogamous. Often in colonies, within... read more

Movements

Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common throughout most of range. Introduced population in Taiwan reported as numbering more than 700 individuals in 1999. Deforestation may allow... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. & Feare, C. (2018). Black-collared Starling (Gracupica nigricollis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/60857 on 22 August 2018).