Asian Pied Starling/Pied Myna

Asian Pied Starling, Photo: Masud Mushfiq Zaman

বৈজ্ঞানিক শ্রেণীবিভাগঃ-
Scientific Classification

রাজ্য / Kingdom: Animalia
বর্গ / Order: Passeriformes
পরিবার / Family: Sturnidae
গন / Genus: Ardea
প্রজাতি / Species: G. contra


Asian Pied Starling/Pied Myna

বাংলা নামঃ  গো শালিক / গোবরে শালিক
English Name: Asian pied starling/ Pied myna
Scientific Name: Gracupica contra (Linnaeus, 1758)
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Asian pied starling is a medium sized starling being black and white. It has a orange and yellow bill and orange-reddish skin around the eyes.

Male and female are alike but juveniles have dark-brown replacing black. White cheeks are replaced by brown and becomes less distinct.

Length: 20-25 cm.

Weight: 75-90 gm.

Call: High-pitched liquid and pleasant notes.

Habitat: Cultivation, villages, damp grassland, open areas with scattered trees. Nesting season starts from March and extends to September. Large,untidy nest with lateral entrance is made of twigs, leaves, grass and rubbish.

Food habit: They roam in flocks and feed on insects, spiders, earthworms, molluscs, various grains, fruits etc. Mainly they are omnivorous.

Reproduction: Breeding season is from March to September. Female lays 4-6 eggs. Both sexes share the nesting chores and care of offspring.


Shaiful Islam Sourav

Their number are very rich in the Southeast Asia mainly in India, Bangladesh, Myanmar.

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