White-cheeked Starling

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

Scientific Name: Spodiopsar cineraceus

Malay Name: Perling Pipi Putih

Chinese Name: 灰椋鸟

Range: Breeding range includes Russia, China, Japan and Korean Peninsula; non-breeding range includes southeastern China.

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

Size: 22-24 cm

Identification: Rather uniform brownish-grey body with conspicuous white ear coverts and forehead. Pale belly and vent with white rump. Bill and legs yellow to orange.

Habitat: Open habitat.

Behaviour/Ecology: Gregarious, mostly forages on ground. 

Local Status: Vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

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White-cheeked Starling Spodiopsar cineraceus
Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023 (all records)
Early date 16 Jan 2020
Late date 25 Apr 2021
Another rare vagrant starling. Favours open grassland habitats, sometimes joining other starlings in mixed flocks.


BirdLife International. (2016). Spodiopsar cineraceus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22710896A94265691.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023

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