Sturnus minor, Hume.
681bis. :- Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 178.
THE LESSEE STARLING.
Wing, 4.3; tarsus, 1; bill at front 1. Bill yellow ; irides brown; legs yellow.
General character of plumage like that of the Common Starling; but in the first place, the Common Starling has the reflections of the head purple, and of the back green, but in the present species the reflections of the head are green and the back purple.
Secondly the wing is decidedly shorter.
The bills of both are about equal in Length, but those of minor are more pointed, have a more decided culmen ridge, and are less broad at the base.
The Lesser Starling is a permanent resident in parts of Sind, breeding from March to June. The eggs are similar to those of the Common Starling, but are smaller.