Family Starlings (Sturnidae)

Least Concern

Red-billed Starling (Spodiopsar sericeus)


Taxonomy

French: Étourneau soyeux German: Seidenstar Spanish: Estornino piquirrojo
Taxonomy:

Sturnus sericeus

J. F. Gmelin

, 1789,

China

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Has hybridized with S. cineraceus#R. Monotypic.

Distribution:

SE China from E Sichuan E, S of R Yangtze, to Shanghai, S to Hainan and Guangdong; non-breeding also in N Vietnam (E Tonkin)#R, Taiwan and increasing records (migrant or winter visitor) in Japan#R and Korea#R.

Descriptive notes

21–24 cm; 65 g. Medium-sized starling with forehead, crown and nape feathers somewhat elongate and hackle-like. Male has white head, dark grey lower side of neck and... read more

Voice

Song described as melodious; chattering calls from flocks, reminiscent of Sturnus vulgaris.

Habitat

Open areas with scattered trees in hilly country and at low altitudes; also cultivated areas,... read more

Food and feeding

Diet apparently insects and fruit. Forages in trees and on ground; not seen to associate with cattle. Occurs in large flocks outside... read more

Breeding

Nest placed in in hole in tree, in roof or in wall of house. Eggs plain blue-green. No other information available.

Movements

Presumed to be resident or partial migrant in most of range. Non-breeding visitor Nov–Mar in... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally fairly common. Numbers thought to be probably stable or perhaps increasing. Nowadays regular in non-breeding season in Japan, having... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A., Feare, C. & de Juana, E. (2019). Red-billed Starling (Spodiopsar sericeus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/60853 on 19 February 2019).