French: Choucador à ailes tachetées German: Marmorstar Spanish: Estornino alipinto
Simla–Almora district, Himachal Pradesh, India
Himalayan foothills in N India (Himachal Pradesh S to Uttarakhand and N Uttar Pradesh); non-breeding range in NE India (Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur), Myanmar and W Thailand. Scarce in S China (W Yunnan) and possibly no longer occurs in Bangladesh.
19 cm; 47·5 g. Small, mostly brownish starling with pale eyes. Male has feathers of crown to mantle and back grey with dark borders, rump red-brown; wing blackish with... read more
Song a mix of dry, harsh discordant notes and some more musical warbling. Call from flocks a noisy... read more
Open forest, clearings and forest edge in hilly country at 700–1000 m, locally to 2000 m.... read more
Food and feeding
Omnivorous. Diet includes fruit, insects and nectar. Berries and figs (Ficus) eaten, and nectar taken readily from Bombax... read more
Season Apr–Jun. Monogamous. Nest in natural tree hole or barbet (Capitonidae) hole 6–10 m above ground, cavity lined with green... read more
Migratory. Migrates E in Jun–Jul to non-breeding grounds in NE India (Assam, Meghalaya,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Scarce in breeding areas. Rare to scarce non-breeding visitor in Myanmar and Thailand; possibly no longer occurs in Bangladesh. Seldom kept in... read more
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