Vinous-breasted Starling

The Sturnus burmannicus (scientific name) or vinous-breasted starling is a species of starling found in the South-East Asian sub-continent, from China to Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam and Cambodia. 9.4 inches in length, this bird is attractive to look at, with a dark black eye patch, and a reddish-brown colour on its chest. It has a black tail and wing plumage, with a few streaks of white on its wing. The feet and the beak are yellow. Their diet is comprised of berries and insects, especially grasshoppers. A clutch of 3-5 eggs is produced, and is incubated for 14 days. In early 2000, this bird became an invasive species in Israel, after one of its kind had escaped from a bird park in Tel-Aviv. Its IUCN listing is the LEAST CONCERN.

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