French: Étourneau de Daourie German: Mongolenstar Spanish: Estornino dáurico
Other common names:
southern Dauria between Onon and Argun Rivers, south-east Russia
E Mongolia, SE Russia (SE Transbaikalia E to Ussuriland), NE & C China (E Inner Mongolia and Heilongjiang S to S Gansu and Shandong) and N Korea; non-breeding SE Asia and Greater Sundas.
16–19 cm; 100 g. Small, short-tailed starling. Male has grey head to upper mantle, small patch of glossy purple feathers on rear crown, scattered glossy purple feathers... read more
Song a varied mix of whistles, trills and chatters, including some mimicry. Calls include loud... read more
Breeds in forest steppe, mixed forest, forest clearings, riparian woodland and villages, mainly in... read more
Food and feeding
Diet primarily insects; also earthworms (Oligochaeta) and fruit, some seeds including arillate seeds of acacias. Insect food includes moths... read more
Breeds May–Jun in Russia and Korea. Monogamous. Solitary, nests normally 50–80 m apart. Nest built by both sexes, from dry... read more
Migratory, arriving in N breeding areas in May, leaving Russia in late Jul and Korea in Sept–... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to uncommon in breeding range. Rather local in much of non-breeding range, but not uncommon in Singapore. In Korea encouraged to nest... read more
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