White-cheeked Starling

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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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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