Red-billed Starling

This species is defined as a Review Species . Please submit your records of this species via our record submission page .

Scientific Name: Spodiopsar sericeus

Malay Name: Perling Paruh Merah

Chinese Name: 丝光椋鸟

Range: Breeding Range: (OR) s, se China.

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

Size: 21-24cm

Identification: Medium-sized starling with red bill, sometimes tipped black. Males have a white head, greyish body. Females are brownish. Both sexes have black wings, with white wing patches; black tails; yellowish legs.

Habitat: Gardens, parks, fields and scrub.


Local Status: Vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2018)

Past records in our database:

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Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):

Red-billed Starling Spodiopsar sericeus
Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023 (all records)
Peak week Dec 10-Dec 16
Early date 30 Nov 2013
Late date 07 Jan 2023
Previously considered only an escapee, but recent sightings in southeast Asia suggest that this species is likely to occur as a vagrant.


BirdLife International. (2018). Spodiopsar sericeus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018. Accessed on 1 January 2023

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