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Brahminy starling

Sturnus pagodarum

Brahminy starling

The name of the Brahminy starling comes from the similarity of the bird’s head and neck crest to the Brahmin hairstyle of some Hindus. The male starling has a more prominent crest and neck hackles than the female.

A pair of Brahminy starlings will bond for life. Both birds help in the building of the nest which is usually in the hole of a tree. The courtship display of the Brahminy starling takes place on the ground, with the male singing and puffing out the feathers on the chest and crest and fanning its tail up and down.

Animal class


Diet - Omnivore 
The Brahminy starling eats mainly insects and other invertebrates. It will also eat fruits and berries.

The body length is 20 centimetres and this bird weighs between 40 to 54 grams.

This starling prefers open forests and scrubby areas in parts of Asia and the Middle East.

Conservation status
The IUCN does not believe the Brahminy starling to be in any immediate threat of extinction.

The main threats to this starling are habitat destruction and capture for the pet trade.

Current population
Very little is known about the wild Brahminy population number.

Zoo population
There are 150 Brahminy starlings in zoos worldwide.