French: Étourneau à joues marron German: Violettrückenstar Spanish: Estornino carirrojo
Other common names:
J. R. Forster
S Sakhalin, Japan (S, including offshore islands of Rishiri-to, Teuri-jima and Sado, to C Honshu), S Kuril Is (S from Iturup), and Askold I (off Vladivostok, in SE Russia); non-breeding Taiwan, Philippines and N Borneo.
17–19 cm; c. 50 g. Small starling with short tail. Male has forehead and crown buffy white, mantle and back glossy violet; rump pale salmon with some purple feathers,... read more
Song described as babbling interspersed with louder calls; may include mimicry. Adults give excited... read more
During breeding season, found in open mixed deciduous woodland, agricultural land, and parks and... read more
Food and feeding
Takes insects and fruit. Few details on diet of adults within breeding range; on migration feeds on fruit of Ficus religiosa, ... read more
Season May–Jul; date of first egg-laying on Honshu now 7 days earlier than it was 25 years ago. Monogamous. Nest in hole in tree or... read more
Migratory. Arrival in S Japan in late Mar, moving N to breeding grounds Apr–May; arrival... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Scarce on Sakhlin and Kuril Is; fairly common in Japan, but numbers appear to have declined in Tokyo area of Honshu. Relatively small... read more
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