Spot-winged Starling (Saroglossa spilopterus) is one of very few species that breed exclusively in the Western and Central Himalayas and migrate eastwards along the Himalayas to winter in Northeast India, Bangladesh and parts of Southeast Asia.
In parts of its wintering range, it forms aggregations and performs spectacular murmurations like European and Rosy Starling.
This animated migration map was created from observations uploaded to the citizen science platform eBird up until 2020. Where present, the inset graph depicts the seasonal likelihood of finding this species (i.e. the proportion of eBird checklists) within its range in India alone. We are grateful to the many birdwatchers around the world who have enabled the creation of this animation by sharing their observations on eBird.