Species Details

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Common Starling Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Sitta frontalis
Family : Sittidae
Order : Passeriformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : European Starling
Habitat : Villages
Description : The Common Starling is a gregarious blackish small-medium sized passerine (length 20 cm, wing 12 cm, bill 3 cm, tarsus 3 cm, tail 6.3 cm). It looks entirely glossy black with metallic green and purple reflections, apart from the duller blackish wing feathers. In the breeding season, it has elongated hackle-shaped feathers on the head, neck and breast. The irises are dark brown in the male and pale yellow in the female. The bill is bright yellow in the male and horn-yellow in the female. Both sexes have salmon-brown legs and feet, and dusky horn claws. The non-breeding adult is covered in prominent white spots on the underparts, head and mantle, with buff fringes to the wing feathers and a dark bill. It feeds on fruits, berries and insects. It breeds in Europe and the Middle East in May-June.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Sharmin Rahman,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka;Photo credit and copyright:MSH Sourav (TU Dresden, Germany);taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;bird song owner:Ross Gallardy(www.xeno-canto.org/Ross Gallardy), bird sound copyright reserved according to www.xeno-canto.org rules; more information, please contact us.