(977) Sturnus vulgaris nobilior.
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.