French: Étourneau à tête blanche German: Andamanenstar Spanish: Estornino cabeciblanco
Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
S. e. andamanensis
(Beavan#R, 1867) – Andaman Is.
S. e. erythropygia
Blyth, 1846 – Car Nicobar, in N Nicobar Is.
S. e. katchalensis
Richmond, 1902 – Katchall I, in C Nicobar Is.
20 cm. Small starling with much white in plumage. Nominate race has head to upper mantle and down to breast dirty white; lower mantle and back grey with purple tinge, rump... read more
Song a loud series of disconnected notes of a very great variety of types, including musical notes... read more
Forest clearings, forest edge, secondary woodland and open areas, including grassland and... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes fruit, nectar and insects. Forages in trees and shrubs; extracts Lepidoptera larvae from rolled bamboo leaves. Gregarious,... read more
Season Mar–May. Nest of twigs, lined with green leaves, placed in tree hole 2–10 m above ground. Clutch 4 eggs, uniform blue.... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Very common in Andaman Is; less common, but not uncommon, in Nicobars. Apparently not a forest specialist, but is restricted to islands, and could... read more
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