Chestnut-cheeked Starling

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.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

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.