(976) Sturnus vulgaris poltaratzskii.
Sturnus poltaratzskii Finsch, P. Z. S., 1878, p. 713 (Lake Marka-Kul, Altai) ; Blanford & Oates, i, p. 523. Sturnus menzbieri. Blanf. & Oates, i. p. 522.
Vernacular names. Telia-maina (Hind.) ; Tilora (at Ghazipur); Nakshi-telia (at Agra); Tilgiri (Kashmir); Kharo Nhakeo (Sind)
Description. Gloss. Head and fore neck purple, greenish on the ear-coverts; whole upper plumage green, scapulars, wing-coverts and, rarely, the sides of the rump with some blue; abdomen purple-blue.
Colours of soft parts. Iris dark brown; bill yellow in Summer, dusky at the base; horn-brown in Winter: legs and feet reddish brown.
Measurements. Wing 122 to 133 mm.
Distribution. Siberia and Central Asia. In Winter a visitor to India from Sind to Eastern Assam and as far South as the Deccan and Madras. There is one quite typical specimen from Kandahar in the British Museum collection.
Nidification. Eggs sent to me from the Scully collection found "near Lake Baikal" measure about 29.5 x 21.7 mm. They were taken on the 4th and 17th May.
Habits similar to those of other Starlings. This is a common Winter visitor to India, arriving in early October and leaving before the end of March. They frequent well-watered areas and keep much, especially in Sind, to the vicinity of rivers and canals.