Sturnus pagodarum   Gmelin,  1789 (Bird)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Aves

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Size: 22-23 cm

A typical myna, grey above reddish fawn below, with glossy black crown and long recumbent crest, and black wing quills. Tail brown with white ending at tip conspicuous when spread out in alighting. Sexes alike. Young birds have crestless sooty brown head, and dull general coloration.

Nesting: Season- May to July. Nest- a pad of grass, rags, etc., in a hollow in a tree or ruined wall. often even in that of an inhabited house. Eggs- 3 or 4, pale blue, unmarked.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Blackheaded Myna (English)
• Brahminy Myna (English)
• Brahminy Starling
Economic Importance and Threats



• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh (Lat: 22.6) (Long: 69.5) INDIA
• Orissa, Mahanadi Estuary (Lat: 20.32) (Long: 86.75) INDIA
• Orissa, Dhamra Port INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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