Brahminy Starling

This species is defined as a rarity. Please submit your records of this species via our record submission page.

Scientific Name: Sturnia pagodarum
Malay Name: Perling Ubun Hitam
Chinese Name: 黑冠椋鸟

From eastern Afghanistan to India and Sri Lanka. Vagrants recorded in Indochina.


Size: 20 cm

Distinctive plumage, with black crown, light iris, sandy-grey upperparts, cinnamon-rufous underparts and bicoloured bill that is yellow and blue.

Habitat: Open habitats, including forest, scrubland, and fields.

Behaviour/Ecology: Omnivorous, prefers foraging on ground. Status of bird has been debated (escapee vs genuine vagrant) but increasing records of this species in Indochina, especially Thailand and Singapore, suggests that this species could be a semi-regular vagrant during the winter months (Soe Naing et al., 2016).

Local Status: Very rare vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2018)

Past accepted records in our database:

Past records, bar chart (see more bar charts):


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 (Brahminy Starling)

BirdLife International. (2018). Sturnia pagodarum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018. Accessed on 19 December 2021

Soe Naing, Naw Lah Pwai Paw, Lanzinger, B., Pipat Soisook, Pearch, M. J. & Bates, P. J. J. (2016) The status of the Brahminy Starling Sturnia pagodarum (Gmelin, 1789) (Aves: Passeriformes: Sturnidae) in Southeast Asia. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 8(13), 9574–9578.