Blackbirds (or Starlings)



Name Indian given to a fowl of the family Starlings , of which is The Starling ial time the knownest one. This common name is given to 7 species of the same family. The miná common Acridotheres tristis and the miná of the mounts, Gracula religious, they are The knownest. The first one was found originariamente only in Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Nepal and Indochina, but al the same as the gorriones and estorninos, has it him introduced with success in many other countries: Malaya, Natal, Australia, Hawai, Seychelles, New Zealand and other Islands. Is somewhat greater that the Starling , with the head and the black neck, the brown body, and you split them drops of the White body. The peak, legs, and some parts of skin naked in the face they are yellow, and in the flight shows some typical white zones in the wings and in the tip of the queue. The minás are very acquaintances wherever that are, because They live in association with the man and they do a great deal of noise. Themselves they see commonly in the highways again Zealand, as in the dry hills of the India. They are fed of fruits and insects, what does them unpopular with the fruticultores, although certainly it is accused them of a part of the damages caused by other fowls less visible. In autumn and winter, the minás they return at night to their places of meeting comunitana, as they do the Starlings , but to difference of them are fowls very territorials. Each member of a couple can be found in its territory the biggest Part of the year. The song consists of a variety of rauncous sounds with vibrant notes and other silbantes, some of which they are enough melodiosos. The nest is a disorderly cup, placed in a hole, in a tree or in a building, where puts from 4 to 7 pale blue eggs of color. The incubation hard some 15 days, and the youths pass another so much in the nest before being totally emplumados. The miná of the mounts or gracula, is knowner as fowl of cage, and is perhaps the best imitator of voices. Is similar to the common species, but has more prominent caruncles yellow aimingbackwards, since behind The eyes. Their natural habitat are the forests of the India, Ceylán, Pakistan, Birmania, the Malayan peninsula and Indonesian, where lives in noisy flocks, in the cup of The trees. They say that is fed of insects, fruits and berries, with néctar in the season. Although they are excellent imitators in captivity, in the free life not they seem to be interested in imitating other sounds, but on the other hand they have A fantastic and noisy own vocabulary. They situate the nest in a hole of a tree and it put consists of 2 ó 3 green-azure eggs, with dark brown spots.

The Starling

 Family of more than 100 species of fowls cantoras of medium size, that in general they have thin peaks, an enough position erect and smooth plumaje, often of brilliant tones. Itself they find originally only in the old world but some species have been introduced in other loaves of bread and they have finished being agreed in you plague. The typical Starling they have the thin peaks and erectos and when they are fed in the soil, among plants or leaves, they introduce the peak closed among the leaves or the vegetation, and they open it doing a open hole if there is food al discovered. The eyes so advanced they give to the Starling their characteristic appearance. The species of the kind Sturnus have fine feathers in the head and neck, temperately colored of blue, black, brown, and rare pink times with some Iridiscencia of darker tones. In their diet they are mainly terrestrial, and they walk and they run with facility. Their flight is quick and direct, with a constant one to beat of wings. During the flight, the relative equality of proportions of the wings batientes with the surface of the head, body and short queue gives to these birds the appearance of a Star of four tips. After the season of raises they tend to be gathered in flocks to be fed, flocks that they can reach a great number, that move in quick and coordinated maneuvers, and that when themselves posan, they are able to do it in such quantity upon each branch that they are many the that they break under their weight, ocasionando damages al wooded. Also they are seen evolucionar in the center of some cities For posarse in the tops of the buildings. The food of the estorninos consists of insects and invertebrateds, fruits, Some seeds, and green loaves of bread of plants. The Starling common Sturnus vulgaris has been introduced in EE.UU. and this of Australia, and has been established for itself Alone and extended in both continents. The estornino rose S. roseus, is a bird of the estepas Asian, and the same as other species in those regions, they can show periodically large growths of number, while in unfavorable circumstances extend in other areas empty, and they appear including in the Oeste of Europe. The minás Asian, small brown or gray species of the kind Acridotheres or the greater and more brilliantly feather species of Gracula, they are of stronger body and peak more large, of more generalized diet. They tend to have crests in the head, naked skin around the eyes, and ears yellow to both sides of the head. The Starlings do bulky nests and little elaborate. The ones that they build in the trees are normally structures rounded, with a lateral hole of entrance. Rarely they take the open form of cup. If they find a hole Natural they do the nest in form of cup inside him. Some African species, as the Spreo superbus they are able to use nests abandoned of other species. The Starling common, that it utilizes holes in the trees or buildings, is able to use it during all a year and with the successive you raise goes accumulating materials in abundance. This species occasionally it nests also in bushes and among the climbing in the walls of the houses.


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