Ramki (Sreenivasan)

 

Brahminy Starling
(Sturnus pagodarum)

 

 

Image details
Canon 1DMIII, Canon 500mm
Location: Ranthambhore, Rajasthan
Date: 19 April  2008

Shoot details
In the heightened frenzy of shooting tigers in Ranthambore, I took a breather to rest my hands and found this small puddle next to the trail attracting a variety of bathers including this starling. My naturalist and co-passengers were shocked that I was neglecting the big cats just a few feet away!

Species details
This cocky starling is endemic to the subcontinent and is usually noticed in pairs. Fairly widespread across the country, the eastern limit is near the Ganges at West Bengal. The species is adapted to do well in a variety of habitats and seems to prefer dry and well wooded areas. Sexes are alike and the bird measures 22cms.

A Birds of India presentation

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