Chestnut-tailed Starling Sturnia malabarica
(aka Sturnus malabaricus)
Chestnut-tailed Starling, Punakha, Bhutan, March 2008 - click for larger image

Punakha, Bhutan
March 2008

The Chestnut-tailed Starling is distributed along the Himalayas from Nepal to southern China and southwards into Indochina with a disjunct population S. m. blythii (sometimes regarded as a valid species) in the Western Ghats of south-west India.

It is grey above with blackish flight feathers. The iris is white and the bill is yellow with a blue base. Below it is rufous except in the sub-species S. m. nemoricola where it is whitish-rufous. The head is grey except in S. m. blythii where it is almost white.

Chestnut-tailed Starling, Punakha, Bhutan, March 2008 - click for larger image

Additional information is available on Avibase including an excellent page on Wikipedia.

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