Adult White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus) at Kamakura, Japan - November 2014
Local Names (Japan): muku-dori (ムクドリ) "muku-bird"
hakutō-ō (ハクトウオウ) "white-haired grandfather"
OTHER NAMES: Grey Starling, Ashy Starling
The common starling of Japan and East Asia, it is found through Japan, Russia, China and Korea, and migrating to Taiwan, Philippines and Thailand from the colder parts of its range in Winter. While broadly found in cities, it is no way near as ubiquitous as the Eurasian Starling is in Europe. It is also a lot more flighty and difficult to see. I finally managed to get a good view in Kamakura, with this individual perched on a phone line being the only time I got a good view of one, despite numerous sightings of flyovers.
Subspecies: None - monotypic
- Sighting Locations -
JAPAN - Widespread Winter Migrant
Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List