975. Sturnus vulgaris minor

(975) Sturnus vulgaris minor Hume.
Sturnus vulgaris minor, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iii, p. 33.
So far as is known at present, this little Starling breeds only in Sind, where it is a resident bird.
There is still nothing more recorded about, its breeding than the notes by Scrope Doig, some of the eggs taken by him being now in my collection. He writes :—“I first noticed this bird breeding on the 11th March ; on the 10th, while marching, I saw some on the side of the road and shot one, and on opening it found it was breeding. Accordingly on the 11th, on searching, I found their breeding ground, which was in the middle of a Dhund thickly studded over with kundy trees, in the holes of which they had their nests. The nest lay at the bottom of the hole, which was generally some 18 inches deep, and consists of a few pieces of coarse sedge-grass and feathers of T. leucocephalus and P. leucorodia (which were breeding close by). Five was the maximum number of eggs, but four was the normal number in each nest.
"I afterwards found these birds breeding in great numbers all along the Eastern Narra wherever there were suitable trees (kundy trees). At the place I first found them in, the young are now many of them fledged and flying about, while in other places they are just beginning to lay.
"The total length of their breeding ground in any district must be close on 200 miles, but entirely confined to the banks of the river. If you looked four miles from the river, one side or the other, you would not see one.”
Ticehurst adds (Ibis, 1922, p. 621) :—“Other places where it has been met with are near Rohri, Manchar Lake, and the Bhorti forest by Mr. Bell, who also saw many in April in Tamarisk forest in the Jerruck Division, and says it is not uncommon in places along the banks of the Indus. It certainly occurs as far north as Toji near Kashmore.”
Eates, though he has come on the birds, has always failed to find eggs, being too early or too late at their breeding haunts, taking I understand, only one set.
The eggs are just miniatures of those of the Kashmir bird, perhaps rather paler as a series.
Twelve eggs average 26.1 x 19.6 mm ; maxima 27.9 x 20.3 mm. ; minima 25.0 x 19.0 and 26.1 x 17.9 mm.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 2. 1933.
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Small Indian Stabling
Sturnus vulgaris minor
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