Asian Glossy Starling

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

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, nesodramus, pachistorhina, enganensis, heterochlora, eustathis, alipodis, gusti, sanghirensis, panayensis.

Local Subspecies: strigata

Size: 22-25 cm

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

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Throughout Singapore.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
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. Accessed on 19 December 2021

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.