Silky Starling on a Stone

Silky Starling on a Rock

Silky starling (絲光椋鳥) or red-billed starling is a species of starling in the family Sturnidae. It is found in south and southeastern China.

Body length 21~24 cm. Iris black. Mouth red, tip black. Feet orange.

The head of the male bird is light orange, with white silky feathers. The back, waist, and tail coverts are gray, and the wings and tail feathers are black with green luster.

The throat and front neck are white, with a dark gray ring on the neck and chest, the lower chest and abdomen are light gray, and the undertail coverts are white.

The female bird is similar to the male bird, but the head, back, front neck, and upper chest are light brown, the throat is pink, the lower chest and abdomen are gray, and there is no dark gray ring at the neck and chest.

Breeds in Eurasia, northern Africa, and southern and eastern China. In winter, it is scattered to northern Vietnam, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Ryukyu Islands and other places.

Video Source: 絲光椋鳥/Silky stanling from Chuenguey Hwang on Youtube  CC BY

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