Chestnut-cheeked Starling

Agropsar philippensis

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Starlings (Sturnidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

AGRPHI

ITIS

Egg Color:

Blue



Number of Eggs:

3 - 9



Incubation Days:

12 - 13



Egg Incubator:

Both sexes



Nest Location:

The nest is built in a tree cavity or nest box.



Nest Material:

Grass, leaves and pine needles



Migration:

Migratory



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General

Chestnut-cheeked Starling: Small starling with buff-white head, chestnut on cheeks and throat, black-purple back, buff-white rump, black-green wings with white shoulder and white in flight feathers, gray breast and flanks, and white belly. Long wings. Fairly short black bill with black tip. Rather short, slightly forked tail. Black-gray legs and feet. Forages on the ground for worms and insects. Also takes some seeds and many small fruits.

Breeding and Nesting

Chestnut-cheeked Starling: Three to nine blue eggs are laid in a shallow cup nest constructed with grass and pine needles and lined with green leaves and other soft materials. The nest is built in a tree cavity or nest box. Eggs are incubated by both sexes for 12 to 13 days.

Foraging and Feeding

Chestnut-cheeked Starling: Feeds on grasshoppers, worms, larvae, and other invertebrates. Also takes cherries and other small fruits. This starling species usually forages in flocks by picking fruits off of trees and bushes, and walking on lawns and cropland to pick small creatures off of the ground.

Vocalization

Chestnut-cheeked Starling: Excited adults call out "airr," while the alarm call is "tschick." In flight, the call is "chrueruchu". Song is babbling which may include mimicry.

Similar Species

Chestnut-cheeked Starling: Gray-streaked Flycatcher is smaller, has a gray-streaked breast, a longer tail and is much more common.

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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.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X