French: Étourneau de Ceylan German: Greisenstar Spanish: Estornino cingalés
E. L. Layard
SW Sri Lanka.
20 cm. Smallish starling with pied plumage, feathers of crown, nape and upper mantle elongate and hackled. Has forehead, side of head, throat and chin white (sometimes tinged... read more
Song described as soft and sweet. Calls reported include sharp, high, downslurred "cheé... read more
Undisturbed rainforest; also visits fruiting trees in adjacent areas and in villages within forest... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly fruit; also takes nectar and insects. Recorded items are berries of Cinnamomum and fruit of figs (Ficus), and... read more
Season Apr–Aug. Nest in tree hole; either no nesting material or female places a few twigs in hole. One recorded clutch, of 2 pale... read more
Presumed resident; may cover long distances between feeding and roosting areas.
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Rare. Has very small global range, confined to wet zone of SW Sri Lanka; estimated total population fewer than 10,000 individuals and declining; population and... read more
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