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Species Guide

Chestnut-cheeked Starling

Agropsar philippensis

The Chestnut-cheeked Starling, known scientifically as Agropsar philippensis, is a captivating species of starling belonging to the family Sturnidae. This bird is distinguished by its remarkable plumage.

Identification Tips

When observing the Chestnut-cheeked Starling, one should look for its defining feature: the rich chestnut coloration on its cheeks. This characteristic is a key identifier for the species.


The Chestnut-cheeked Starling breeds in the lush greenery of Japan and the Russian islands of Sakhalin and Kuriles, where it finds suitable nesting and foraging grounds.


As the seasons change, this starling embarks on a migration to warmer climates. It winters in the diverse landscapes of Taiwan, the Philippines, and northern Borneo, demonstrating its adaptability to different environments.

Conservation Status

Bird enthusiasts will be pleased to know that the Chestnut-cheeked Starling is currently classified as Least Concern by the IUCN, indicating a stable population in the wild.

Taxonomy Note

For those interested in the scientific classification, the Chestnut-cheeked Starling has undergone taxonomic revisions. Previously placed in the genus Sturnus, it has been moved to Agropsar based on molecular phylogenetic studies published in 2008. This change reflects the ongoing efforts to understand the evolutionary relationships within this avian group.

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