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Black-collared Starling - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Black-collared Myna; Black-necked Starling

Photo by Peter Ericsson
Nakorn Nayok, Thailand, July 2006
Gracupica nigricollis

Sturnus nigricollis


28 cm. A large starling with a mostly pied plumage

  • White head
  • Bare yellow skin around eyes
  • Black bill
  • Black collar
  • Dark sepia-brown mantle and back
  • Wings darker sepia-brown with white tips and white primary coverts.
  • White underparts and rump
  • Yellow legs
Photo by anonymous_guy
Lamma Island, Hong Kong, August 2007

Sexes similar. Juvenile lacks black collar and has a more brownish-grey plumage.


Found in southeast Asia from Burma to south and southeast China, including Hong Kong and south to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand. Introduced in Taiwan.
Common in most parts of its range.


This is a monotypic species[1].
Some authorities place this species in the genus Sturnus.


Mainly in open areas like grassland, rice stubble, cultivated fields, urban parks and settlements. Also in dry forests. Occurs in the lowlands, but recorded up to 2000m.


Photo by Dave 2x
Huajiang, Taipei, Taiwan, May 2015

Usually seen in pairs or small groups.


The diet includes earthworms, grasshoppers and crickets. Takes also seeds.


They breed from March to July in China, from February to August in Burma. Multi-brooded and presumably monogamous. Breeds often in colonies. The nest is a large, untidy structure made of twigs, grasses and rice straw. It's placed in a tree. The clutch consists of 3 - 5 eggs. Brood [[Dictionary_P-S#P|parasitized] by Asian Koel [[1]], which can lay up to four eggs in a single nest.


Presumably a resident species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gov.HK
  3. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2009. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 14: Bush-shrikes to Old World Sparrows. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553507
  4. BF Member observations

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