Vinous-breasted starling

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Vinous-breasted starling
Acridotheres burmannicus.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Sturnidae
Genus: Acridotheres
Species: A. burmannicus
Binomial name
Acridotheres burmannicus
(Jerdon, 1862)
  • Poliopsar cambodianus
  • Sturnus burmannicus

The vinous-breasted starling (Acridotheres burmannicus) is a species of starling in the family Sturnidae. It is sometimes placed in the myna genus Sturnus.

Subspecies S. b. burmannicus (above), and S. b. leucocephalus (below); illustration by Joseph Smit, 1890

Distribution and habitat[edit]

It is found in Cambodia, China, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, Thailand, and Vietnam. In the early 2000s it has become an invasive species in Israel, alongside the common myna that invaded a few years earlier. Both populations seem to have started from individuals that escaped a bird park in Tel-Aviv.