French: Étourneau soyeux German: Seidenstar Spanish: Estornino piquirrojo
J. F. Gmelin, 1789,
Has hybridized with S. cineraceus#R. Monotypic.
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
Song described as melodious; chattering calls from flocks, reminiscent of Sturnus vulgaris.
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
Nest placed in in hole in tree, in roof or in wall of house. Eggs plain blue-green. No other information available.
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
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