Black-collared Starling

The Gracupica nigricollis (scientific name) or black-collared starling is found in the tropical dry forests across Thailand, Myanmar, China, Cambodia and Vietnam. Though it inhabits forests yet this bird also frequently wanders into urban areas. Its height is no longer than 11 inches. It starling has a white chest, and iridescent black feathers with an outline of white feathers. It has a black collar around its neck. The head is white and the legs and area around the eyes are yellow. Its diet includes seeds, berries, insects like grasshoppers and worms, especially earthworms. They are monogamous breeders, and an average clutch contains 3-5 eggs laid in a nest high up in a tree. Its IUCN listing is the LEAST CONCERN.

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