Sturnus vulgaris, Lin.
681. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 320; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 494; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 178 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 128.
THE COMMON STARLING.
Length, 9 ; wing, 5 ; tail, 3 ; tarsus, 1.6 ; bill at front, 1.25.
Bill at first brown, but eventually becoming rich yellow ; irides brown; legs yellow.
Glossy black, with a pale whitish or brownish tip to each feather, giving the bird a pretty speckled appearance; all the clothing feathers long and lanceolate, becoming longer and more pointed at each moult In very old birds the specks are said to disappear altogether, or nearly so. The young bird is dull brown.
The Common Starling of Europe is a not uncommon winter visitant to Sind, Guzerat, and parts of Rajputana. It associates with the Common and Bank Mynas. It does not occur in the Deccan,