Daurian Starling (Agropsar sturninus)

The Daurian Starling is a small bird that belongs to the family Sturnidae. This bird is commonly found in the East Asian region, especially in China, Mongolia, Korea, and Russia. It is also known by other names such as Purple-backed Starling, Purple-backed Jungle Starling, and Chestnut-sided Starling.

The Daurian Starling is a small bird, measuring around 20-23 cm in length. It has a distinctive appearance, with a purple to greenish-blue iridescent sheen on its head, back, and wings. The throat, chest, and belly are a light gray color, while the tail, wings, and rump are a dark brown color. The beak and legs are black, and the eyes are a dark reddish-brown.

These birds are primarily ground foragers and are known for their opportunistic feeding habits. They eat a variety of insects, fruits, seeds, and small invertebrates. They have also been observed foraging on human waste, which has earned them the nickname "dump birds" in some areas.

Daurian Starlings are social birds that live in large flocks throughout the year. During the breeding season, males perform elaborate displays to attract females. The breeding pairs build their nests in tree cavities or man-made structures, such as buildings or telephone poles. The female lays 3-5 eggs, and both parents take turns incubating them.

The Daurian Starling is an important bird in its native range, both ecologically and culturally. It plays a vital role in controlling insect populations and is also considered a pest in some agricultural areas. The bird is also the subject of many folktales and cultural motifs in East Asian cultures, where it is often associated with good luck and prosperity.

Unfortunately, the Daurian Starling population is declining due to habitat loss and fragmentation, as well as hunting and trapping for the pet trade. Conservation efforts are underway in some areas to protect the bird's habitat and reduce hunting and trapping. The Daurian Starling is a beautiful bird that has ecological and cultural significance, and it is important to ensure that it continues to thrive in its native range.

Other names

Agropsar sturninus



Daurian Starling

estornell dàuric



ljubičastoleđi čvorak

špaček mandžuský


Daurische Spreeuw


Étourneau de Daourie


Storno daurico


daūrinis mažasis varnėnas


szpak mandżurski


Малый скворец

Belokrili čvorak

škorec škvrnotylový

Estornino dáurico


Moğol Sığırcığı

шпак даурський


bíborhátú seregély


Jalak cina

mantijas strazds


davrijski škorec