UNDERSTATED YET HIGHLY DISTINCTIVE TONES OF PURPLE AND ORANGE MERGE TO PERFECTION TO CREATE AN UNABASHEDLY ATTRACTIVE BIRD!
Understated yet highly distinctive tones merge to perfection on a bird pale-headed bird with dark-tipped wings and an orangish belly and rump.
MEET THE CHESTNUT-TAILED STARLING
The Chestnut-tailed starling (Sturnia malabarica), also called grey-headed starling and grey-headed myna is a total length of approximately 20 cm (8 in). They have grey upperparts and blackish remiges finished off with dark-tipped wings and an orangish belly and rump. The bill is distinctively colorful: blue with a yellow tip. The color of the remaining plumage depends on the particular subspecies.
All subspecies have white irides and a yellow bill with a pale blue base.
Males and females look alike, but juveniles have whitish underparts and just chestnut tips to the tail feathers.
This is a resident or partially migratory species found in wooded habitats of India and Southeast Asia.
Chestnut-tailed starlings like to live in open woodland and areas with scattered trees; often in young forestry plantations, also close to urban gardens.
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