French: Étourneau des pagodes German: Pagodenstar Spanish: Estornino de las pagodas
J. F. Gmelin
Malabar and Coromandel, southern India
Extreme SE Tajikistan (Ishkashim region)#R, NE Afghanistan E in foothills to E Nepal and West Bengal, S to E Pakistan and throughout peninsular India; non-breeding also in Sri Lanka.
20 cm; 40–54 g. Distinctive small starling with long wispy crest formed by elongate and hackled crown feathers; feathers of nape and those of upper breast also hackled... read more
Song includes huge variety of different notes and mimicry of other species, also repeated short... read more
Open deciduous forest, scrub, and cultivated areas near human habitation; especially fond of... read more
Food and feeding
Diet insects and other invertebrates, fruit and berries, flowers and nectar. Adults take spiders (Araneae) and snails (Gastropoda), as well... read more
Season Feb/Mar–Aug/Sept, mainly Apr–Aug, generally earlier in S of range than in N; breeding condition of males strongly... read more
Presumed resident over most of range. In N, summer migrant, arriving in Apr–May in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common, and may be expanding its range in N. First recorded breeding in SE Tadzhikistan in 2011. A few scattered reports... read more
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