Sturnus melanopterus, Black-winged Starling, Jalak Putih

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Sturnus melanopterus, Black-winged Starling, Jalak Putih


Sturnus melanopterus, Black-winged Starling, Jalak Putih s the same distribution as the Java Sparrow Padda oryzivora, and shows a similar large decline for the same reason. Up to 1960, a common bird within all cultivated areas and in open forest, despite being popular as a cage bird, but from then on exploitation for the trade increased enormously and it can now been found everywhere in cages but scarcely in the wild. In contrast to the Java Sparrow and Bali Starling, attempts to breed the bird in captivity are rather limited, and likely the bird will not sustain the exploitation for long. Has three subspecies: nominate melanopterus from Java (except the SE) and Madura, which is largely white except for a black bastard-wing, flight-feathers, and much of the tail, ssp. tricolor of the eastern 150 km of Java, which differs in having a grey back and largely black greater upper wing-coverts, and ssp. tertius from Bali, which is even less whitish, showing a grey mantle to upper tail-coverts and extensively black upper wing-coverts

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