531. Sturnus minor

531. Sturnus minor.

The Small Indian Starling.

Sturnus minor, Hume, S. F. i, p. 207 (1873) ; Blanf. S. F. v, p. 246 ; Hume, Cat. no. 681 bis; id. S. F. viii, p. 174; Doig, S. F. viii, p. 374 ; Barnes, Birds Bom. p. 254; Sharpe, Ibis, 1888, p. 440; id. Cat. B. M. xiii, p. 39; Oates in Hume's N. F. 2nd ed. i, p. 370.

Coloration. Resembles S. humii.

Gloss. Head, throat, and fore neck bronzy green; back, rump, upper tail-coverts, and scapulars very rich purplish red; wings bronze-green ; breast reddish violet; abdomen coppery bronze.

Iris in male brown, in female pale whitish; bill yellow, dusky at tip; legs and feet claret-brown (Doig); the bill appears to be brown in winter.

Length about 8 ; tail 2.3 ; wing 4.5; tarsus 1.1; bill from gape 1.2.

Distribution. Permanently resident in Sind, and occurring as far east as Etawah.

Habits, &c. Mr. Doig found this Starling breeding on the banks of the Eastern Nara in Sind, from March to May, in holes of trees. The eggs, frequently five in number, measure about 1.03 by .79.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
531. Sturnus minor
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
CatNo: 
531
Year: 
1889
Page No: 
522
Common name: 
Small Indian Starling
M_ID: 
26856
M_SN: 
Sturnus vulgaris minor
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
724

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