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Alternative names: Black-headed Mynah; Pagoda Myna
Temenuchus pagodarum, Sturnus pagodarum
20cm (7Â¾ in). A small starling with a long wispy crest.
Sexes similar, males have a longer and blacker crest. Juveniles are much duller, have a sooty-brown head and lack the crest.
Asia: found from northeast Afghanistan east over Pakistan, India to southern Nepal and rarely in Bangladesh. Non-breeding visitors in Sri Lanka.
Dry forest, jungle and scrub. Also visits gardens. Prefers waterlogged areas. Found in lowlands and hills up to 1800m.
Feeds on insects, other invertebrates, fruit, berries, flowers and nectar.
Breeding season mainly April to August. A monogamous, usually solitary species, sometimes in loose colonies. It nests in holes and 3-5 eggs are laid.
Mainly resident, birds from the northern part of the range (Afghanistan, Kashmir) migrate south.
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Recording by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India, June-2017
Two birds calling in tandem, one close and the other a little distance away, giving a variety of calls. Calls by Large billed Crow and Eurasian Collared Dove can also be heard, in the BG.
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