Scientific Name: Aplonis panayensis
Malay Name: Perling-Kilat Asia
Chinese Name: 亚洲辉椋鸟
Alternative Name(s): Philippines Glossy Starling (old)
Range: Found from Northeast India, Bangladesh, along the coast of Myanmar to South Thailand, Malay Peninsula, Singapore, Borneo, Indonesia to the Philippines.
Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: affinis, tytleri, albiris, strigata, altirostris, nesodramus, 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: Very common resident
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
Location: Throughout Singapore.
- What bird is this, and why? (Birding Starter Pack)
- Local extinctions of Singapore birds (Science)
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Asian Glossy Starling)
BirdLife International. (2016). Aplonis panayensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22710550A94251159.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Wells, D. R. (1999). The Birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsula (Vol. 1). Academic Press, London.
Singapore Birds Project. (n.d.). Asian Glossy Starling. Retrieved on May 27, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/asian-glossy-starling.