Sturnidae – Starlings

Rosy Starling (Pastor roseus) by Nikhil Devasar

Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (Matthew 6:26 NKJV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – PASSERIFORMES, Family – Sturnidae – Starlings

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Species (123)

Metallic Starling (Aplonis metallica)
Violet-hooded Starling (Aplonis circumscripta)
Yellow-eyed Starling (Aplonis mystacea)
Singing Starling (Aplonis cantoroides)
Tanimbar Starling (Aplonis crassa)
Atoll Starling (Aplonis feadensis)
Rennell Starling (Aplonis insularis)
Long-tailed Starling (Aplonis magna)
White-eyed Starling (Aplonis brunneicapillus)
Brown-winged Starling (Aplonis grandis)
Makira Starling (Aplonis dichroa)
Rusty-winged Starling (Aplonis zelandica)
Striated Starling (Aplonis striata)
Tasman Starling (Aplonis fusca)
Mountain Starling (Aplonis santovestris)
Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis)
Moluccan Starling (Aplonis mysolensis)
Short-tailed Starling (Aplonis minor)
Micronesian Starling (Aplonis opaca)
Pohnpei Starling (Aplonis pelzelni)
Polynesian Starling (Aplonis tabuensis)
Samoan Starling (Aplonis atrifusca)
Kosrae Starling (Aplonis corvina)
Mauke Starling (Aplonis mavornata)
Rarotonga Starling (Aplonis cinerascens)
Yellow-faced Myna (Mino dumontii)
Long-tailed Myna (Mino kreffti)
Golden Myna (Mino anais)
Sulawesi Myna (Basilornis celebensis)
Helmeted Myna (Basilornis galeatus)
Long-crested Myna (Basilornis corythaix)
Apo Myna (Basilornis mirandus)
Coleto (Sarcops calvus)
White-necked Myna (Streptocitta albicollis)
Bare-eyed Myna (Streptocitta albertinae)
Fiery-browed Starling (Enodes erythrophris)
Grosbeak Starling (Scissirostrum dubium)
Spot-winged Starling (Saroglossa spilopterus)
Golden-crested Myna (Ampeliceps coronatus)
Sri Lanka Hill Myna (Gracula ptilogenys)
Common Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa)
Southern Hill Myna (Gracula indica)
Nias Hill Myna (Gracula robusta)
Enggano Hill Myna (Gracula enganensis)
Great Myna (Acridotheres grandis)
Crested Myna (Acridotheres cristatellus)
Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus)
Pale-bellied Myna (Acridotheres cinereus)
Jungle Myna (Acridotheres fuscus)
Collared Myna (Acridotheres albocinctus)
Bank Myna (Acridotheres ginginianus)
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)
Black-winged Starling (Acridotheres melanopterus)
Vinous-breasted Starling (Acridotheres burmannicus)
Red-billed Starling (Spodiopsar sericeus)
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus)
Black-collared Starling (Gracupica nigricollis)
Pied Myna (Gracupica contra)
Daurian Starling (Agropsar sturninus)
Chestnut-cheeked Starling (Agropsar philippensis)
White-shouldered Starling (Sturnia sinensis)
Chestnut-tailed Starling (Sturnia malabarica)
White-headed Starling (Sturnia erythropygia)
Malabar Starling (Sturnia blythii)
Brahminy Starling (Sturnia pagodarum)
White-faced Starling (Sturnornis albofrontatus)
Bali Myna (Leucopsar rothschildi)
Hoopoe Starling (Fregilupus varius)
Rodrigues Starling (Necropsar rodericanus)
Rosy Starling (Pastor roseus)
Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unicolor)
Wattled Starling (Creatophora cinerea)
Black-bellied Starling (Notopholia corusca)
Purple-headed Starling (Hylopsar purpureiceps)
Copper-tailed Starling (Hylopsar cupreocauda)
Cape Starling (Lamprotornis nitens)
Greater Blue-eared Starling (Lamprotornis chalybaeus)
Lesser Blue-eared Starling (Lamprotornis chloropterus)
Miombo Blue-eared Starling (Lamprotornis elisabeth)
Bronze-tailed Starling (Lamprotornis chalcurus)
Splendid Starling (Lamprotornis splendidus)
Principe Starling (Lamprotornis ornatus)
Emerald Starling (Lamprotornis iris)
Purple Starling (Lamprotornis purpureus)
Rüppell’s Starling (Lamprotornis purpuroptera)
Long-tailed Glossy Starling (Lamprotornis caudatus)
Golden-breasted Starling (Lamprotornis regius)
Meves’s Starling (Lamprotornis mevesii)
Burchell’s Starling (Lamprotornis australis)
Sharp-tailed Starling (Lamprotornis acuticaudus)
Superb Starling (Lamprotornis superbus)
Hildebrandt’s Starling (Lamprotornis hildebrandti)
Shelley’s Starling (Lamprotornis shelleyi)
Chestnut-bellied Starling (Lamprotornis pulcher)
Ashy Starling (Lamprotornis unicolor)
Fischer’s Starling (Lamprotornis fischeri)
Pied Starling (Lamprotornis bicolor)
White-crowned Starling (Lamprotornis albicapillus)
Madagascan Starling (Hartlaubius auratus)
Violet-backed Starling (Cinnyricinclus leucogaster)
Red-winged Starling (Onychognathus morio)
Slender-billed Starling (Onychognathus tenuirostris)
Chestnut-winged Starling (Onychognathus fulgidus)
Waller’s Starling (Onychognathus walleri)
Somali Starling (Onychognathus blythii)
Socotra Starling (Onychognathus frater)
Tristram’s Starling (Onychognathus tristramii)
Pale-winged Starling (Onychognathus nabouroup)
Bristle-crowned Starling (Onychognathus salvadorii)
White-billed Starling (Onychognathus albirostris)
Neumann’s Starling (Onychognathus neumanni)
Stuhlmann’s Starling (Poeoptera stuhlmanni)
Kenrick’s Starling (Poeoptera kenricki)
Narrow-tailed Starling (Poeoptera lugubris)
Sharpe’s Starling (Poeoptera sharpii)
Abbott’s Starling (Poeoptera femoralis)
White-collared Starling (Grafisia torquata)
Magpie Starling (Speculipastor bicolor)
Babbling Starling (Neocichla gutturalis)
Stripe-headed Rhabdornis (Rhabdornis mystacalis)
Stripe-breasted Rhabdornis (Rhabdornis inornatus)
Grand Rhabdornis (Rhabdornis grandis)


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Starlings are small to medium-sized passerine birds in the family Sturnidae. The name “Sturnidae” comes from the Latin word for starling, sturnus. Many Asian species, particularly the larger ones, are called mynas, and many African species are known as glossy starlings because of their iridescent plumage. Starlings occur naturally in the Old World, from Europe, Asia and Africa, to northern Australia and the islands of the tropical Pacific. Several European and Asian species have been introduced to these areas as well as North America, Hawaii and New Zealand, where they generally compete for habitat with native birds and are considered to be invasive species. The starling species familiar to most people in Europe and North America is the European Starling, and throughout much of Asia and the Pacific the Common Myna is indeed common.

Starlings have strong feet, their flight is strong and direct, and they are very gregarious. Their preferred habitat is fairly open country, and they eat insects and fruit. Several species live around human habitation, and are effectively omnivores. Many species search for prey such as grubs by “open-bill probing”, that is, forcefully opening the bill after inserting it into a crevice, thus expanding the hole and exposing the prey; this behavior is referred to by the German verb zirkeln (pronounced [ˈtsɪʁkəln]).

Plumage of many species is typically dark with a metallic sheen. Most species nest in holes, laying blue or white eggs. (From Wikipedia)

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