July 12, 2015 – Asian Pied Starling or Pied Myna (Sturnus contra)

These starlings are found in most of South and Southeast Asia. They feed on insects, worms, spiders, and various fruits. Like many starling species, they have adapted to urban environments and are now found in many cities and villages. Foraging in small groups, they use their strong beaks to dig into the soil and separate mats of grass to find food. Both sexes sing and can imitate the songs of other bird species. During the breeding season they pair off and build messy nests from straw in tall trees, often nesting near other pairs.