977. Sturnus vulgaris nobilior

(977) Sturnus vulgaris nobilior.

Hume's Starling.

Sturnus nobilior Hume, Str. Feath., 1879, p. 175 (Kandahar). Sturnus poltaratzskii. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 523 (part).

Vernacular names. Tilgiri (Kashmir).

Description. Gloss. Head, throat and fore neck copper-purple; upper plumage deep green, bluer on the rump and scapulars tips of longest scapulars, coverts and secondaries purple; breast green; abdomen purple. Altogether a much darker bird than the preceding, with very dark axillaries.

Colours of soft parts as in S. v. poltaratzskii. " The iris of the female has a pale outer ring as with dresseri, poltaratzskii and porphyronotus " (Ticehurst).

Measurements. Wing 124 to 135 mm.

Distribution. Afghanistan and Persia and there is one specimen from Merv in the British Museum. A common Winter visitor to North-West India and Sind.

Nidification. Nothing recorded. A clutch of eggs sent me from Persia taken on the 20th May measure 30.5 x 20.7 mm.

Habits similar to those of other Starlings.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Reference: 
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.3 1926.
Title in Book: 
977. Sturnus vulgaris nobilior
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
977
Year: 
1926
Page No: 
34
Common name: 
Humes Starling
M_ID: 
26853
M_SN: 
Sturnus vulgaris nobilior
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
3710

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