(979) Sturnus vulgaris dzungaricus.
Sturnus dzungaricus Buturlin, Orn. Jahrb., 1904, p. 208 (Uranga in Dzungaria).
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. "Head and neck bronze-purple, the back violet -green, rump violet (held away from the light the back is green, the belt (sic) blue), shoulders bluish purple, wings purple-bronze, underside laterally with bronzy gloss " (Hartert, Nov. Zool. xxv, p. 336, 1918).
Measurements. Wing 127 to 133 mm.
Distribution. Dzungaria, where Buturlin believes it to breed and in winter going South. Four birds from India taken at Lucknow, Meerut, Rawal-Pindi and Murdan agree better with the above description than with that of any other race. They are, however, very close to dresseni.
Nidification and Habits. Nothing recorded.