White-shouldered Starling

Scientific Name: Sturnia sinensis
Malay Name: Perling Bahu Putih
Chinese Name: 灰背椋鸟

Found from Southeast China, Hong Kong to Northern Vietnam, wintering to Taiwan and mainland Southeast Asia.


Size: 18.5-20.5 cm

Identification: Male displays mostly grey plumage with black wing and tail contrasting with a large white shoulder patch formed by upperwing-coverts and scapulars. Also has whiter rump and uppertail-coverts, mostly bluish-grey bill and white iris. White shoulder patch smaller for female and lacking in juvenile.

Similar looking species: Daurian Starling, Chestnut-cheeked Starling

Habitat: Coastal habitat and open areas with scattered trees.

Behaviour/Ecology: Gregarious. Attracted to small-fruited, mass-cropping banyan figs, and also observed foraging in the crowns of casuarinas.

Local Status: Uncommon migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

Location: Changi Reclaimed Land, Lorong Halus, Punggol Barat, Kent Ridge and Tuas South.


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

Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
David Wells (2007) The Birds of Thai-Malay Peninsula, Volume 2