Alternative name: Grosbeak Starling
- Scissirostrum dubium
20cm. A smallish starling with a massive bill.
- Dark grey plumage, darker on wing and tail
- Massive orange-yellow bill
- Bright red waxy tips on stiff and elongated feathers on rump and uppertail-coverts
- Very dark brown eye
- Orange-yellow legs
Juveniles are mouse-brown, have a blackish eye and a slender and paler bill than adults.
This species is widely traded. There are now feral populations in cities on Java (including Jakarta) and Borneo.
Forest edge, lightly wooded areas and plantations. Occurs from sea-level up to 1000m, occasionally higher.
A highly gregarious species, usually seen in flocks of up to 150 birds. Forages often together with Short-tailed Starling.
Feeds on fruit, seeds and insects.
Breeding recorded in May. A monogamous species. Breeds in colonies with up to hundreds of nest. Bores a nest-hole in a dead wood, trees sometimes collapses as to many holes are made in one tree. Lays 2 eggs, in wild usually only one young produced per nest.
A resident species with some local movements.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- 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
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