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.