White-faced Starlings

The White-faced Starling (Sturnus albofrontatus – formerly S. senex) – is endemic in Sri Lanka, where it inhabits tall forests – usually remaining high in the canopy.


The average length is 22 cm (including the tail). The back is green-glossed dark grey and the plumage below is whitish. The head is paler than the underparts.

Males and females look alike.

Juveniles have a duller plumage, with brown upperparts and greyer underparts.

Nesting / Breeding

The White-faced Starling nests in holes. The average clutch consists of two eggs.

Diet / Feeding

The White-faced Starling feeds on fruits, nectar, and insects.


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