534. Sturnus purpurascens

534. Sturnus purpurascens.

Gould's Starling.

Sturnus purpurascens, Gould, P. Z. S. 1808, p. 219; id. B. Asia, v, pl. 44; Sharpe, Ibis, 1888, p. 440; id. Cat. B. M. xiii, p. 37.

Coloration. Resembles S. humii.

Gloss. As in S. poltaratzskii, but the green of the back confined to a small median portion only ; the other parts of the back suffused with purplish red ; scapulars brilliant purplish red, not blue.

The colours of the bill, &c. are not recorded.

Length about 9; tail 2.8; wing 5.4; tarsus 1.2; bill from gape 1.3.

Distribution. A rare visitor to India. I have examined a specimen procured by Col. Biddulph at Rawalpindi, and another from the Gurgaon district, Punjab, procured by Mr. W. N. Chill in February.

This species appears to be a permanent resident in the southeast portion of Europe and in Asia from Asia Minor to Kandahar.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
534. Sturnus purpurascens
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
CatNo: 
534
Year: 
1889
Page No: 
524
Common name: 
Goulds Starling
M_ID: 
26851
M_SN: 
Sturnus vulgaris purpurascens
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
727

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