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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


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.


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

Leucocephalus is generally darker and has a pale neck collar.


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.


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


Two subspecies recognized[1]:


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



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


Local movements recorded.


  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

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