Food and feeding behaviour of Chestnut-tailed Starling, Sturnia malabarica at Jahangirnagar University Campus, Bangladesh

  • Md Touhidur Rahman Department of Zoology, Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka-1342, Bangladesh
  • Shamia Farhana Shoma Department of Zoology, Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka-1342, Bangladesh
  • Mohammed Mostafa Feeroz Department of Zoology, Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka-1342, Bangladesh
  • Md Kamrul Hasan Department of Zoology, Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka-1342, Bangladesh
Keywords: Chestnut-tailed Starling, Sturnia malabarica, food and feeding, JU campus

Abstract

Food and feeding behaviour of Chestnut-tailed Starling, Sturnia malabarica were studied at Jahangirnagar University Campus, Bangladesh, from August 2016 to March 2017. A total of 414 observations were made on the feeding maneuver and it was noted that they were omnivorous consuming 67.15% animal diet compared to 20.53%plant diet.They predominantly consumedinsect larvae(39%) followed by beetles (16%), nectar (14%), food wastes (12%), fruits (7%), dragonflies (7%), damselflies (3%), and worms (2%).Among the five types of feeding modes recorded,hang-upmode (37.92%) was major feeding technique in Chestnuttailed Starling while pecking mode (6.76%)was least used. Rain tree (Samanea saman) (33.76%) followed by White siris (Albizia procera) (30.55%) was recorded as the most utilized foraging plant while mostly preferred perching height by Chestnut-tailed Starling was 6-9m (44.9%) followed by 3-6m (31.6%).

Jahangirnagar University J. Biol. Sci. 8(1): 17-23, 2019 (June)

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2019-08-03
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Rahman, M. T., Shoma, S., Feeroz, M. M., & Hasan, M. K. (2019). Food and feeding behaviour of Chestnut-tailed Starling, Sturnia malabarica at Jahangirnagar University Campus, Bangladesh. Jahangirnagar University Journal of Biological Sciences, 8(1), 17-23. https://doi.org/10.3329/jujbs.v8i1.42464
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