Daurian Starling

Scientific Name: Agropsar sturninus

Malay Name: Perling Ubun Ungu

Chinese Name: 北椋鸟

Alternative Name(s): Purple-backed Starling

Range: Found from Eastern Mongolia, Southeast Russia, Northeast and Central China to North Korea, wintering to Southeast Asia.

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

Size: 17-19 cm

Identification: 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.

Similar looking species: Asian Glossy Starling, Chestnut-cheeked Starling, White-shouldered Starling

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.

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