Chestnut-cheeked Starling

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Scientific Name: Agropsar philippensis

Malay Name: Perling Pipi Coklat

Chinese Name: 紫背椋鸟

Alternative Name(s): Red-cheeked Starling, Violet-backed Starling

Range: Found from Sakhalin to Northern Japan, wintering to Southern Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, Borneo, Peninsula Malaysia and Singapore.

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

Size: 16.5-17 cm

Identification: 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, White-shouldered Starling

Habitat: Wooded areas and open habitats.

Behaviour/Ecology: Feed on insects and fruits.

Local Status: Vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2018)

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BirdLife International. (2018). Agropsar philippensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018. 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.