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.
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.
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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Chestnut-cheeked Starling Agropsar philippensis Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023 (all records)
BirdLife International. (2018). Agropsar philippensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T22710874A131960017.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
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Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Chestnut-cheeked Starling. Retrieved on November 30, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/chestnut-cheeked-starling.