White-cheeked Starling

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

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


Size: 22-24 cm

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: Very rare vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: There is one record of this species in Singapore: One bird at Seletar, from 16-25 January 2020.


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

BirdLife International. (2016). Spodiopsar cineraceus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021