Sturnia Less., Compl. Buff., ix, Ois., p. 53 (1837). Type, Sturnia sinensis - turdiformis Wagler.
The genus Sturnia contains two Indian species, of which one is separable into several geographical races.
In Sturnia the sexes are alike and the young are almost uniform brown until the first Autumn. The bill is shorter than the head, slender, with the culmen gently curved; the nasal membrane is plumed: the tail is wedge-shaped, the middle pair of tail-feathers being a little the longest.
Key to Species.
A. Upper wing-coverts and scapulars rosy-white contrasting with bac……S. turdiformis, p. 37.
B. Upper wing-coverts and scapulars same colour as back…………..S. malabarica, p. 38.