Asian Glossy Starling

Scientific Name: Aplonis panayensis
Alternative Name: Philippines Glossy Starling (old)
Malay Name: Perling-Kilat Asia
Chinese Name: 亚洲辉椋鸟

Found from Northeast India, Bangladesh, along the coast of Myanmar to South Thailand, Malay Peninsula, Singapore, Borneo, Indonesia to the Philippines.

Polytypic. Subspecies are: affinis, tytleri, albiris, strigata, altirostris, pachistorhina, enganensis, heterochlora, eustathis, alipodis, gusti, sanghirensis, panayensis

Local Subspecies: strigata

Size: 22-25 cm

Identification: Adults have overall glossy blackish-green plumage, black bill and legs, and diagnostic red eyes. Juveniles have greyish-brown upperparts and dull buffish-white underparts with bold dark streaks.

Similar looking species: Daurian Starling, White-shouldered Starling

Habitat: Forest, wooded areas, mangroves, parks and gardens.

Behaviour/Ecology: Feeds on insects and fruits. Gregarious when foraging and may form big flocks at roosting sites.

Local Status: Common resident

Location: Throughout Singapore.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
David Wells (2007) The Birds of Thai-Malay Peninsula, Volume 2