White cheeked starling

Scientific name: Spodiopsar cineraceus
Mongolian name: Бор Тодол
Order: Passeriformes
Bird family: Sturnidae (Starlings)
Conservation status: LC


Key information

The white-cheeked starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus) is a passerine bird native to eastern Asia where it is a common and well-known bird in much of its range. The body is dark grey-brown with white cheeks of different sizes; white spots can sometimes cover most of the head. The white waist is covered when foraging, but it is obvious when flying. When they search for food in groups, they constantly make loud chatter.

Length : 22–24 cm

Weight : 68-95g

Population : The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as very common.

Habitat: It inhabits woodland, farmland, and open country and has also adapted to parks and gardens in urban areas.

Diet: Omnivorous, but diet primarily invertebrates, particularly insects.