There are three subspecies of the Chestnut-tailed Starling:
- Sturnus malabaricus malabaricus: It is the nominate species. North-eastern India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and north-western Burma.
- Sturnus malabaricus nemoricola: Southern China (incl. Taiwan), Burma, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia.
- Sturnus malabaricus blythii: Western Ghats in India.
The adults have a total length of approximately 20 cm. They have grey upperparts and blackish regimes, but the color of the remaining plumage depends on the subspecies.
The sexes are similar, but juveniles have whitish underparts and just chestnut tips to the tail feathers.
Chestnut-tailed Starling, Thailand
The chestnut-tailed starling is fairly omnivorous, eating fruit, nectar and insects. They fly in tight flocks and often rapidly change directions with great synchrony.
Adult feeding on a flowering tree.
Voices of Chestnut-tailed Starling.