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Family Polioptilidae: A family of passerine birds commonly known as "Gnatcatchers". All gnatcatchers are native to the New World, being found in both North and South America. Gnatcatchers are close relatives of the wrens and some species are known as "Gnatwrens".

Image: Erikwlyon

 

Brahminy Starling (Sturnia pagodarum)

Also known as the Brahminy Myna, the Brahminy starling is a species of starling native to India, western Nepal, eastern Pakistan and northern Afghanistan. Brahimny starlings are usually found in pairs or small family groups, they are also seen forming in large flocks when food is abundant. They will also roost communally and occasionally they will nest colonially if enough nest holes are available. 

Like other starlings, the Brahminy starling is an omnivore and will feed on both fruit and variety of small invertebrates. Foraging is done almost exclusively on the ground. During the breeding season male Brahminy starlings will preform a courtship display for the females which usually consists of the male singing, puffing up his feathers/crest and fanning his tail up and down.

Phylogeny

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Images: Lip Kee Yap and Koshy Koshy

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