OTHER NAMES: Philippine Glossy Starling, Indonesian Tree Starling, Borean Starling
Local name (Malay): Perling Mata Merah ("Red-eyed Starling")
Featured Subspecies: Aplonis panayensis strigata
NO UK STATUS / IUCN Red List: Least Concern
Quite possibly the most abundant species I saw in my entire trip to Malaysia and Singapore, it was found in at least small numbers everywhere I visited. It's a fairly distinctive looking bird, with the red-eye that gives it its Malay name giving it a slightly menacing look. It's a species that is spread fairly widely over South East Asia and being divided up over a lot of islands has resulted in a large number of subspecies.
SUBSPECIES: A. p. affinis, A. p. strigata, A. p. tytleri, A. p. albiris, A. p. heterochlora, A. p. eustathis, A. p. alipodis, A. p. panayensis, A. p. sanghirensis, A. p. sanghirensis, A. p. enganensis, A. p. altirostris, A. p. leptorrhyncha, A. p. pachistorhina, A. p. gusti
- Sighting Locations -
MALAYSIA - Abundant resident.
SINGAPORE - Abundant resident.