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Title:
Starlings and mynas
Author:
Feare, Christopher.
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Publication Information:
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
285 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780691004969
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Book

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The starling family contains some of the most common and some of the rarest birds in the world--ranging from the ubiquitous Common Starling to species restricted to single islands in the South Pacific. Starlings and Mynas is the first comprehensive, one-volume guide to all 114 members of the family.


The main text of the book presents descriptions and illustrations of every species and many distinctive subspecies. It offers extensive information about identification, ecology, and behavior, complemented by thirty-two color plates and distribution maps. The authors also reexamine the classification of starlings in the light of up-to-date knowledge of the birds' ecology and behavior. In the introduction, the authors outline their general approach to the family and provide an overview of the birds' distribution, breeding, behavior, ecology, habitat, and moult. They also review the birds' fascinating interactions with humans, explaining how starlings and mynas have been scorned as pests, used for food, valued as pets and as mimics, and even had religious significance in different parts of the world. With its combination of precise, scientific observations and colorful contextual information, this book will become the definitive guide to this diverse family of birds.



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Starlings and mynas are closely related groups of birds, and both have had long relationships with people. This guide is the first comprehensive review of all 114 species in these groups, prepared by two widely experienced ornithologists (Feare and Craig's field studies of the starling family span several continents, over several decades). Many species of starlings are of economic importance as agricultural pests, or, conversely, as predators of insect pests. Myna birds are significant in cage-bird trade--esteemed for their great vocalizations and superb ability to mimic speech. The introductory sections present a detailed overview of the family's evolution, ecology, and behavior. Particularly noteworthy are recent discoveries of their complex social relationships, with cooperative breeding and intraspecific nest parasitism. The majority of the book is devoted to individual species accounts with review of the birds' biology, including plumages, distribution, habitat, diet, and breeding. All species are artistically illustrated in 32 full-color plates that show major plumage variations by age/sex. The book also includes the latest conservation information on the endangered species (such as the Bali myna). Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. C. Leck Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick


Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. 10
Using this guidep. 11
The starling familyp. 13
Distribution, habitat and social behaviourp. 27
Breedingp. 32
Moultp. 36
Starlings and manp. 40
Colour plates and distribution mapsp. t47
Species accountsp. 113
1 Shining Starlingp. 113
2 Yellow-eyed Starlingp. 115
3 Singing Starlingp. 115
4 Tanimbar Starlingp. 117
5 Atoll Starlingp. 117
6 Rennell Starlingp. 118
7 Long-tailed Starlingp. 118
8 White-eyed Starlingp. 119
9 Brown-winged Starlingp. 120
10 Makira Starlingp. 121
11 Rufous-winged Starlingp. 122
12 Striated Starlingp. 123
13 Mountain Starlingp. 123
14 Asian Glossy Starlingp. 123
15 Moluccan Starlingp. 125
16p. 126
17 Micronesian Starlingp. 127
18 Pohnpei Mountain Starlingp. 129
19 Polynesian Starlingp. 129
20 Samoan Starlingp. 130
21 Rarotonga Starlingp. 131
22 Yellow-faced Mynap. 132
23 Long-tailed Mynap. 133
24 Golden-breasted Mynap. 133
25 Sulawesi Crested Mynap. 134
26 Helmeted Mynap. 135
27 Long-crested Mynap. 136
28 Apo Mynap. 136
29 Coletop. 137
30 White-necked Mynap. 138
31 Bare-eyed Mynap. 138
32 Flame-browed Starlingp. 139
33 Grosbeak Mynap. 140
34 Spot-winged Starlingp. 141
35 Madagascar Starlingp. 142
36 Golden-crested Mynap. 143
37 Common Hill Mynap. 143
38 Southern Hill Mynap. 146
39 Enggano Hill Mynap. 147
40 Nias Hill Mynap. 147
41 Sri Lanka Hill Mynap. 148
42 Great Mynap. 148
43 Crested Mynap. 149
44 White-vented Mynap. 151
45 Pale-bellied Mynap. 152
46 Jungle Mynap. 153
47 Collared Mynap. 154
48 Bank Mynap. 155
49 Common Mynap. 157
50 Vinous-breasted Mynap. 161
51 Black-winged Mynap. 162
52 Bali Mynap. 163
53 Black-collared Mynap. 166
54 Asian Pied Mynap. 167
55 Purple-backed Starlingp. 168
56 Red-cheeked Starlingp. 170
57 White-shouldered Starlingp. 172
58 Chestnut-tailed Starlingp. 173
59 White-headed Starlingp. 174
60 White-faced Starlingp. 175
61 Brahminy Starlingp. 175
62 Rose-coloured Starlingp. 177
63 Red-billed Starlingp. 181
64 White-cheeked Starlingp. 182
65 Common Starlingp. 183
66 Spotless Starlingp. 189
67 Wattled Starlingp. 192
68 Cape Glossy Starlingp. 197
69 Greater Blue-eared Glossy Starlingp. 199
70 Lesser Blue-eared Glossy Starlingp. 201
71 Bronze-tailed Glossy Starlingp. 203
72 Splendid Glossy Starlingp. 203
73 Principle Glossy Starlingp. 206
74 Emerald Starlingp. 207
75 Purple Glossy Starlingp. 208
76 Ruppell's Long-tailed Glossy Starlingp. 209
77 Long-tailed Glossy Starlingp. 210
78 Golden-breasted Starlingp. 211
79 Meves' Long-tailed Glossy Starlingp. 212
80 Burchell's Glossy Starlingp. 214
81 Sharp-tailed Glossy Starlingp. 215
82 Black-bellied Glossy Starlingp. 216
83 Superb Starlingp. 218
84 Hildebrandt's Starlingp. 219
85 Shelley's Starlingp. 220
86 Chestnut-bellied Starlingp. 221
87 Purple-headed Glossy Starlingp. 222
88 Coppery-tailed Starlingp. 223
89 Amethyst Starlingp. 224
90 African Pied Starlingp. 227
91 Fischer's Starlingp. 229
92 Ashy Starlingp. 230
93 White-crowned Starlingp. 231
94 Red-winged Starlingp. 232
95 Slender-billed Red-winged Starlingp. 234
96 Chestnut-winged Starlingp. 236
97 Waller's Red-winged Starlingp. 237
98 Somali Red-winged Starlingp. 238
99 Socotra Red-winged Starlingp. 239
100 Tristram's Red-winged Starlingp. 240
101 Pale-winged Starlingp. 241
102 Bristle-crowned Starlingp. 242
103 White-billed Starlingp. 243
104 Neumann's Red-winged Starlingp. 244
105 Narrow-tailed Starlingp. 245
106 Stuhlmann's Starling

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