French: Étourneau gris German: Weißwangenstar Spanish: Estornino gris
Other common names:
SE Transbaikalia E to S Russian Far East, S to C & E Mongolia, N China (E from E Qinghai and Sichuan), Korea, S Sakhalin, most of Japan and S Kuril Is; non-breeding Japan (except Hokkaido), S Korea, SE China (including Hainan and Hong Kong), Taiwan and N Vietnam (E Tonkin).
22–24 cm; 68–95 g. Medium-sized, brownish-grey starling with nape and throat feathers hackled, nape feathers also elongate. Male typically has black forehead,... read more
Call a monotonous “chir-chir-chay-cheet-cheet”, with creaky quality; trilling begging... read more
Open areas, including cultivated land, pastures, open woodland, parks and towns; sometimes in... read more
Food and feeding
Omnivorous, but diet primarily invertebrates, particularly insects. Animal food includes geckos and other lizards (Reptilia), frogs (... read more
Season Apr–Jul; two broods in Japan. Monogamous. Usually in colonies of up to 30 pairs; first clutches highly synchronous. Nest an... read more
Summer visitor in N Japan (Hokkaido); resident in C & S Japan, where populations also augmented... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common throughout range; very common in parts of Japan. During non-breeding season roosts can hold in excess of 50,000 individuals.... read more
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