Species Details

@J. Maughn

Spot‑winged Starling Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Acridotheres grandis
Family : Sturnidae
Order : Passeriformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : All kind of forests
Description : The Spot-winged Starling is a slim, grey-brown passerine with a black bill (length 19 cm, weight 47.5 g, wing 11 cm, bill 1.4 cm, tarsus 2 cm, tail 5.5 cm). The male has greyish upperparts scalloped with blackish on the crown and brownish on its mantle. Its ear-coverts and sides of the neck are blackish, the throat is reddish-chestnut and the rest of its underparts are rusty-white. The female is sooty-brown above with dark brown sides to the head. Its underparts are brown scalloped with white on the chin and throat. Both sexes have small white patches on the closed wings which are striking in flight, dull white to lemon-yellow irises, a dusky black bill with pale yellow margin to both mandibles and red at the base of the lower mandible, and black legs, feet and claws. The juvenile looks like the female except for a dull rufous-brown rump and more uniform upperparts. It feeds on nectar, fruits, berries and insects. It breeds in the foothills of the western Himalayas in April-June.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Sharmin Rahman,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;photo credit: J. Maughn (www.inaturalist.org/people/J. Maughn ),photo shared from iNaturalist, photo copyright reserved according to iNaturalist rules;Bram Piotmore information, please contact us.