Medium-sized grey and chestnut starling, with white irises; head and neck pale grey, usually with whitish shafts or hackles; upperparts grey; underparts rufous chestnut; hackles on breast; prominent blue base to yellow bill; tail chestnut, with central feathers grey; female duller, paler; racial variations; very gregarious;
usually in noisy feeding flocks; mainly arboreal, though will descend to lower fruiting, flowering shrubs, or to ground; acrobatic feeder.
Light, open forest; secondary growth; plantations; groves; cultivation; urban gardens; often near human habitation.
Nectar; berries; fruit, esp. figs; insects.
Uttarakhand to Myanmar. S Assam Hills
krrep; single whistle; song series of hard notes and warbles.