• Welcome to BirdForum, the internet's largest birding community with thousands of members from all over the world. The forums are dedicated to wild birds, birding, binoculars and equipment and all that goes with it.

    Please register for an account to take part in the discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.
Feel the intensity, not your equipment. Maximum image quality. Minimum weight. The new ZEISS SFL, up to 30% less weight than comparable competitors.

Vinous-breasted Starling - BirdForum Opus

Nominate subspecies
Photo © by max1
Kalaw, Myanmar, 6 February 2015

Alternative names: Vinous-breasted Myna; Jerdon's Starling

Acridotheres burmannicus

Sturnus burmannicus

Identification

22cm (8¾ in). A small Starling with pale plumage.

  • Dull white forehead and crown
  • Greyish-brown upperparts
  • Brown wings with white wing-patch
  • Brown tail with white tips
  • White chin, throat and upper breast
  • Vinous rest of underparts
  • White underwing-coverts
  • Whitish eye with dark bare skin forming black patch
  • Orange-red bill whit blackish base of lower mandible
  • Orange-yellow legs

Sexes similar. Juveniles are duller, have a brown crown and a brown eye.

Variations

ssp leucocephalus
Photo © by Peter Ericsson
Nakorn Nayok Military Academy, Thailand, June 2009

Leucocephalus is generally darker and has a pale neck collar.

Distribution

Found from Burma southeast to extrem southwest Yunnan (China), Thailand (except northwest and south), Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam (except north).
Records in peninsular Malaysia and Singapore may refer to vagrants or escapees.
Rare exotic in Taiwan but not established there.
Fairly common in its range.

Taxonomy

Often placed in genus Sturnus.
May form a superspecies with Black-winged Starling.

Subspecies

Two subspecies recognized[1]:

Habitat

Open grassland, gardens, cultivated areas, scrub, semi-desert and large clearings in forests. Occurs up to 1500m.

Behaviour

Diet

Feeds on fruit and insects. Forages in pairs or small flocks mainly on the ground. Forms large and noisy communal roosts in bamboo, reeds or sugar cane.

Breeding

Breeding season from April to November. The nest is placed in a tree hole, under house eaves or in a thatched roof.

Movements

Local movements recorded.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. 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

Recommended Citation

External Links

Top