White-cheeked Starling

Scientific Name: Spodiopsar cineraceus
Malay Name: Perling Pipi Putih
Chinese Name: 灰椋鸟

Breeding Range: (EU) south-east Russia and Japan to central China and Korean Peninsula.
Nonbreeding Range: south-east China

Taxonomy: Monotypic

Local Subspecies: None

Identification: Rather uniform brownish body with conspicuous white ear coverts and forehead. Pale belly and vent and white band across upper tail coverts and white tips to tail feathers. Orange bill and legs.

Habitat: Open country, lowlands.

Behaviour/Ecology: Typical starling/myna – foraging on the ground for invertebrates or in trees for invertebrates/fruit.

Local Status: Very rare vagrant

Conservation Status: Least concern (IUCN 3.1)

Location: There is one record of this species in Singapore:

2020 – One bird at Picadilly, Seletar, from 16 until at least 24 January


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