Scientific Name: Agropsar philippensis
Malay Name: Perling Pipi Coklat
Chinese Name: 紫背椋鸟
Alternative Name(s): Red-cheeked Starling, Violet-backed Starling
Found from Sakhalin to Northern Japan, wintering to Southern Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, Borneo, Peninsula Malaysia and Singapore.
Size: 16.5-17 cm
Male resembles Daurian Starling but has diagnostic chestnut patch on ear-coverts and neck-side. Female without chestnut patch and difficult to separate from female Daurian Starling but when in flight, lacks whitish tips to scapulars, greater coverts and tertials.
Similar looking species: Daurian Starling
Habitat: Wooded areas and open habitats.
Behaviour/Ecology: Feed on insects and fruits.
Local Status: Very rare vagrant.
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2018)
Location: Three recent confirmed sightings: a male photographed feeding on a ficus with a big flock of Daurian Starling at Bidadari on 11 Oct 2014 and also a male photographed in flight with Daurian Starlings at Faber Height and Henderson Waves Bridge on 31 Oct 2019 and 16 Nov 2019 respectively.
BirdLife International. (2018). Agropsar philippensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.
Wells, D. (1999). Birds of Thai-Malay Peninsula. Academic Press.