Chestnut-cheeked Starling

Agropsar philippensis

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Starlings (Sturnidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

AGRPHI

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Chestnut-cheeked Starling has a fairly small breeding range of 200,000 square kilometers. This small starling species only breeds in central and northern Japan, and in a few areas in southeastern Russia. It winters in Taiwan, the Philippines, and northern Borneo, with some individuals reaching Palau. This starling occurs in open woodlands and gardens. Although the size of the population is unknown, it is believed to be large enough to warrant a conservation rating of Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Chestnut-cheeked Starling: Small starling with buff-white head, chestnut on cheeks and throat, black-purple back, buff-white rump, long, black-green and white wings, gray breast and flanks, and white belly. Short, forked tail. Female and juvenile pale, gray-brown with black flight feathers and bill, and white shoulder, belly, and vent.

 

Range and Habitat

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Chestnut-cheeked Starling SONGS AND CALLS

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"airr", "tschick", "chrueruchu"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Chestnut-cheeked Starling has had other common names, including Violet-backed Starling, Japanese Small Starling, and Red-cheeked Myna.
  • This species was first described in 1781 in the Philippines by ornithologist J. R. Forster.
  • A group of starlings is collectively known as a "murmuration" of starlings.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

About this Palau Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

HELP ME IDENTIFY A BIRD

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BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
Flight feathersX
Located on the wing, and collectively called remiges (singular, remex). The long stiff feathers are subdivided into two major groups based on the location and are called primaries and secondaries.
RumpX
The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
ShoulderX
The short feathers overlying the median secondary coverts on the top of the wing. They are located near the back and can be seen as the “first row” of feathers on the birds wing. They are also called marginal coverts and lesser secondary coverts.
VentX
Birds do not have two separate cavities for excrement and reproduction like humans do. In birds, there is one single entrance/exit that suits both functions called the vent, cloaca or anus.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X