Scientific Name: Sturnia pagodarum
Malay Name: Perling Ubun Hitam
Chinese Name: 黑冠椋鸟
Range: From eastern Afghanistan to India and Sri Lanka. Vagrants recorded in Indochina.
Size: 20 cm
Identification: 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: Vagrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2018)
- Bird List Revision for March 2020 (Revisions)
Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):
Brahminy Starling Sturnia pagodarum Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023 (all records)
BirdLife International. (2018). Sturnia pagodarum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T22710864A132090827.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
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.
Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Brahminy Starling. Retrieved on December 2, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/brahminy-starling.