Species Details

@MSH Sourav (TU Dresden, Germany);

Brahminy Starling Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Gracupica contra
Family : Sturnidae
Order : Passeriformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Villages
Description : The Brahminy Starling is a small-medium sized passerine that looks grey from above and orange from below (length 22 cm, weight 49 g, wing 10.4 cm, bill 2.2 cm, tarsus 2.8 cm, tail 6.5 cm). It has a black crown, crest and nape. The crest droops over the nape and is shorter in the female. Its tail is dark with a white tip. The sides of the head and entire underparts are rufous-orange except for a whitish vent. It has blueish skin behind the eye. It has bluishwhite or yellowish-cream irises, and multi-coloured bill: the basal half, gape and nostril are greenish-lead and the terminal half is lemon-yellow. Its legs, feet and claws are lemon-yellow. The male and the female look alike. It feeds on fruits, berries, nectar and insects. In the breeding season, the male sings from a shady perch with its crest raised. It breeds in India (excluding the north-east) in February-September.
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;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;more information, please contact us.