Vinous-breasted Starling (Acridotheres burmannicus)

The Vinous-breasted Starling bird is a striking avian species that adds beauty to the bird world. With its distinctive coloration and melodious call, it is a favorite of bird enthusiasts across the globe.

The Vinous-breasted Starling is a medium-sized bird, with an average length of 22 cm and a wingspan of 37 cm. Males and females are sexually dimorphic in plumage; the males have glossy black feathers with a striking purple sheen on the head, neck, and upper breast, while females are a duller brownish-black with a smaller purple sheen.

The bird is known for its distinctive vocalizations. Its calls consist of whistles, whirrs, and trills that are often described as musical. They are known to imitate other bird songs and human sounds, making them highly entertaining to listen to.

Vinous-breasted Starlings are native to Sri Lanka and southern India, but have also been introduced to other parts of Asia. They are found in open habitats, such as forests, grasslands, and cultivated areas, and are known to feed on fruits, insects, and small invertebrates.

The Vinous-breasted Starling is a socially monogamous bird and is known to form long-lasting pair bonds. They breed during the monsoon season, and the female bird lays 2-3 eggs at a time. The eggs are incubated by both parents, and the chicks are fed by regurgitation.

Despite their striking appearance and beautiful song, Vinous-breasted Starlings are not very commonly kept as pets. They require a lot of attention and care, and their diet and environment must be carefully monitored to ensure good health.

In conclusion, the Vinous-breasted Starling bird is a sight and sound to behold. Its striking appearance, beautiful song, and unique behaviors make it a valuable addition to the bird world.

Other names

Acridotheres burmannicus



Vinous-breasted Starling

minà vinós



burmanski čvorak

majna barmská


Jerdons Spreeuw


Martin vineux


Maina di Jerdon


kambodžinė maina


majna birmańska


Камбоджийский скворец

Burmanska mina

škorec vínovoprsý

Miná birmano

vithuvad majna

Akça Çiğdeci

майна бірманська

burmai seregély