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Chestnut Tailed Starling Place: TC Halli, Varthur, Bangalore Chestnut-tailed starling,Geotagged,India,Nikon D7100,Sturnia malabarica,Winter,birds,daylight,tamron,wildlife Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

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  1. Very clear shot and a wonderful species intro! Am I seeing this correctly, does its beak have a rainbow pattern? Posted 4 years ago
    1. Yes, it does have the rainbow pattern beak
      Checkout this image: http://goo.gl/MW1ihv
      Posted 4 years ago
      1. Thank you, what a beautiful detail. Posted 4 years ago
    2. its very similar to this 'Malabar starling' http://www.jungledragon.com/image/23159

      malabar starling (blythii) is very recently considered a new species.. Earlier both the birds were named as 'Chestnut tailed starlings'
      Blythii i.e. malabar starling shows white head & breast while chestnut tailed shows 'grey'

      and both the mynas possess blue colour at the base of their beaks..

      Hope this helps :-)
      Posted 4 years ago
  2. Nice shot! :) Posted 4 years ago
    1. Thanks John! Posted 4 years ago

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The chestnut-tailed starling or grey-headed myna is a member of the starling family of perching birds. It is a resident or partially migratory species found in wooded habitats in India and Southeast Asia. The species name is after the distribution of a former subspecies in the Malabar region. This resident population has a white head and is often treated as a full species, the Malabar starling .

Similar species: Passerines
Species identified by Ganesh Seshachar
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By Ganesh Seshachar

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Uploaded Apr 7, 2015. Captured Mar 13, 2015 07:48 in 493, Balagere Road, Devasthanagalu, Varthur, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560087, India.
  • NIKON D7100
  • f/6.3
  • 1/1000s
  • ISO320
  • 500mm