The natural habitat of the Black-collared Starling is subtropical and tropical dry forests. It is mainly found in South Asia and it is a resident bird in Hong Kong.
The Black-collared Starling is slightly bigger than the Common Starling at about 28cm long.
Like the Common Starlings, the Black-collared Starlings are noisy birds and can usually be heard before being seen. But they are not as good as the Common Starlings in mimicking sounds. The distinctive black “scarf” makes them very easy to identify.
They are often found in open land in the countryside as well as urban parks looking for berries, insects and worms.