Red-billed Starling / Spodiopsar sericeus

Red-billed Starling / Spodiopsar sericeus

Red-billed Starling

SCI Name:  Spodiopsar sericeus
Protonym:  Sturnus sericeus Syst.Nat. 1 pt2 p.805
Taxonomy:  Passeriformes / Sturnidae /
Taxonomy Code:  rebsta1
Type Locality:  China.
Publish Year:  1789
IUCN Status:  


(Sturnidae; Ϯ Red-billed Starling S. sericeus) Gr. σποδιος spodios  ash-coloured  < σποδος spodos  ashes; ψαρ psar, ψαρος psaros  starling; "I regret to find that the name of "Poliopsar," which I proposed as a genus for the Indian and Chinese Starlings (Ibis, 1888, p. 476) is preoccupied by Cassin (Proc. Acad. Phil. 1867, p. 55). I propose therefore to change it to Spodiopsar, which will include the following species:— Spodiopsar cineraceus, S. colletti, S. sericeus, S. cambodianus, S. burmanicus, S. leucocephalus, S. andamanensis, S. erythropygius, S. malabaricus, S. nemoricola, and S. blythi." (Sharpe 1889).
Var. Opodiopsar.
Synon. Poliopsar.

Med. L. sericeus  silken.
● ex “Silk Starling” of Brown 1776, and “Silk Stare” of Latham 1783 (Spodiopsar).