573. Spodiopsar cineraceus

573. GREY STARLING.
SPODIOPSAR CINERACEUS.
Spodiopsar cineraceus (Temm.), Pl. col. ii. pl. 550 (1827) ; (id. and Schlegel), Faun. Jap. Aves, p. 85, pl. 45 ; (Sharpe), Cat. B. Br. Mus. xiii. p. 41 ; (Tacz.) F. O. Sib. O. p. 544 ; Oates, F. Brit. Ind. Birds, i. p. 524.
Muku-dori, Jap.
Male ad. (Japan). Crown blackish, the forehead intermixed with white, the feathers elongated and lanceolate ; upper parts generally dark earth brown, the upper tail-coverts white ; quills blackish, the primaries narrowly, the secondaries broadly margined with white ; tail blackish, broadly terminated on the inner webs with white ; ear-coverts white, finely streaked with black ; throat, breast, and flanks slaty blackish, the last paler ; rest of the under parts white bill orange, the tip homy, the base of the lower mandible and the angle of the mouth brownish green ; legs yellow ; iris brown surrounded by white. Culmen 1.2, wing 5.1, tail 2.7, tarsus 1.2 inch. The female has the upper parts duller, the chin white, the throat dull slaty brown, the breast pale brown marked and streaked with white, and the flanks pale brown. The young is russet brown, the inner webs of the tail-feathers are tipped with white, the quills are margined with paler brown, the ear-coverts whitish and the chin nearly pure white.
Hab. Eastern Siberia, Mongolia, N. China, Corea, and Japan, wintering in South China ; a rare visitant to Burma.
This species frequents the plains where trees are scattered about and appears to be somewhat shy in its habits, In the winter it wanders about the country in largo flocks. Its nest is placed in the hollow of an old tree and its eggs, 3 to 5, some┬Čtimes as many as 7 in number, are usually deposited in May. These are pale blue or turquoise blue, occasionally slightly dotted with brown and measure about 1.15 by 0.78.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
573. Spodiopsar cineraceus
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
573
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
402
Common name: 
Grey Starling
M_ID: 
26809
M_CN: 
White-cheeked Starling
M_SN: 
Spodiopsar cineraceus
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
10312

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