Sturnopastor Hodgs. in Gray's Zool. Misc. p. 84 (1844). Type, Sturnopastor contra - capensis Linn.
The genus Sturnopastor consists of a single species, with various geographical races, which ranges from India to Java.
The name as spelt in Gray's Misc. is Sturnopastor, but this seems so obviously a clerical error or misprint for Sturnopastor, that I retain the latter spelling.
In this genus the sexes are alike. The bill is as long as the head, straight and broad but rather pointed: the nasal membrane is completely feathered; there is no real crest but the feathers of the crown are lengthened and pointed; the eyelids are bare; the wing is blunt with secondaries reaching to within an inch of the tip of the wing.
The name hitherto applied to this Myna, contra, cannot be used as Linnaeus had already named the same bird capensis a few lines further back on the same page. Contra is therefore a pure synonym of capensis. There appear to be two well-marked races in India, a darker and a paler, in addition to those already accepted and for the paler of these a new name had to be found ; I have accordingly named the Southern and Western paler form dehrae. The type-locality of S. c. capensis I restrict to Calcutta.