Brahminy Starling

Conservation status

Least Concern

Population Trend


Alternate Names

Brahminy Starling

Native Habitat

Woodland, Scrubland


Fruits, Insects


Brahminy Starling

Sturnia pagodarum

The Brahminy Starling is a member of the starling family of birds. They are usually seen in pairs or small flocks in open habitats on the plains of South Asia.

This myna is pale buff creamy with a black cap and a loose crest. The bill is yellow with a bluish base. The iris is pale and there is a bluish patch of skin around the eye. The outer tail feathers have white and the black primaries of the wings do not have any white patches. The adult male has a more prominent crest than the female and also has longer neck hackles. Juveniles are duller and the cap is browner.

Regional Names
  • Bengali:
    বামুনি কাঠশালিক
  • Bhojpuri:
    पूहई, ब्राह्मणी मैना
  • Gujarati:
    શ્યામશિર બબ્બાઈ, બાહ્મણી મેના
  • Hindi:
    कालासिर मैना, चन्ना हुडी
  • Kannada:
    ಕರಿತಲೆ ಕಬ್ಬಕ್ಕಿ
  • Malayalam:
  • Marathi:
    ब्राह्मणी मैना, भांगपाडी मैना, पोपई मैना
  • Nepali:
    जुरे सारौँ, जुरे रुपी
  • Punjabi:
    ਬ੍ਰਾਹਮਣੀ ਮੈਨਾ
  • Sanskrit:
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Sturnia pagodarum