Brahminy Starling


( Hindi name: Kalasir Maina)

Brahminy Starling has got its English name which refers to its Brahmini choti hairstyle. The species name pagodarum is thought to be based on occurrence of the species on buildings and temple pagodas in southern India. 

Dr. Salim Ali described the bird as “Typical Myna” – In its appearance and behavior, whereas more recently the term ‘starling’ is preferred.

In this article we will explore where to spot this bird, and learn more about its habits and habitat.

Habitat: Best places to spot Brahminy Starling

Brahminy Starling is found in dry forest, scrub jungle and cultivation. It is often seen near human habitation. Water lodged areas and marshy lands are preferred by the species.

Nesting Habits

It builds nest in tree holes or in artificial cavities. Both sexes take part in building nest.

Food Habits

Brahminy Starling forages in flocks. It is not arboreal, so also found foraging on ground. It is omnivorous and feed on insects and fruits.

Plumage: How does this bird looks?

Brahminy Starling has prominent crest of long, hackled feathers on the glossy black crown. The nape and upper breast are cinnamon. Also underparts, cheeks, throat are cinnamon which turn gray on flanks. Its tail is grey brown with white tips. The iris is pale, and there is bluish patch on skin around the eye. Male has prominent crest and longer neck hackles than female. The bill is yellow with bluish base. Juveniles are duller and the cap is browner.


Brahminy Starling is a monogamous bird. Its breeding season is from March to September. Female lays 3-5 eggs. Both sexes incubate eggs for 12 days. Young ones fledge after 18 to 21 days.


It is a less gregarious bird often found in pairs or in small family groups.


  • Kingdom – Animalia
  • Phylum – Chordata
  • Class – Aves
  • Order- Passeriformes
  • Family- Sturnidae
  • Genus – Sturnia
  • Species- S. pagodarum
  • Binomial name- Sturnia pagodarum

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