534. Sturnus purpurascens.
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.