974. Sturnus vulgaris porphyronotus

(974) Sturnus vulgaris porphyronotus.

The Central Asian Starling.

Sturnus porphyronotus Sharpe, Ibis, 1888? p. 438 (Yarkand) : Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 521.

Vernacular names. None recorded.

Description. Gloss. Head, throat and neck deep bronze-green;, upper plumage and scapulars all purple-red; breast violet-purple ; abdomen bronze-copper.

This race seems to be generally and profusely spotted on the head and the spots on the upper plumage are almost white.

Colours of soft parts. Iris brown ; bill brown in Winter, yellow in Summer; legs and feet red-brown.

Measurements. Wing 124 to 132 mm.

Distribution. Breeding from Ferghana and Yarkand in Turkestan to the Tian Schan; in Winter, South Afghanistan, Baluchistan and N.W. India. Ticehurst records two specimens from Sind,

Nidification. Breeds on the Tian Schan from April to June, making a nest similar to that of the Common Starling but more often placing it in boles in tree-trunks. The few eggs I have seen (24) average 31.2 x 21.1 mm.: maxima 32.7 X 21.5 and 31.8 x 21.6 mm.; minima 28.0 x 20.7 and 31.0 x 20.6 mm.

Habits similar to those of the 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: 
974. Sturnus vulgaris porphyronotus
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
974
Year: 
1926
Page No: 
32
Common name: 
Central Asian Starling
M_ID: 
26854
M_SN: 
Sturnus vulgaris porphyronotus
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
3707

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