Scientific Name: Agropsar sturninus
Malay Name: Perling Ubun Ungu
Chinese Name: 北椋鸟
Alternative Name(s): Purple-backed Starling
Found from Eastern Mongolia, Southeast Russia, Northeast and Central China to North Korea, wintering to Southeast Asia.
Size: 17-19 cm
Male has pale greyish head and underparts, glossy dark purplish nape-patch and upperparts, glossy dark upperwings with two whitish wingbars and black tail. Female and juvenile look similar to male but glossy dark plumage replaced with brown.
Habitat: Forest, wooded areas, gardens, parks, open and coastal habitats.
Behaviour/Ecology: Highly gregarious. Can form huge flock of up to a thousand birds on passage.
Local Status: Common migrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
Location: Suitable habitats throughout Singapore like Bidadari, Sungei Buloh, Seletar Mudflat, Punggol Barat, Lorong Halus, Changi, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Kent Ridge Park and Central Catchment Forest.
Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):
BirdLife International. (2016). Agropsar sturninus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22710870A94264888.en. Accessed on 19 December 2021
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