Daurian starling

The Daurian starling (Agropsar sturninus), or purple-backed starling, is a species of bird in the starling family found in the eastern Palearctic from eastern Mongolia and southeastern Russia to North Korea and central China.

Daurian starling
Agropsar sturninus - Kent Ridge Park.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Sturnidae
Genus: Agropsar
A. sturninus
Binomial name
Agropsar sturninus
(Pallas, 1776)
  • Sturnia sturnina
  • Sturnus sturnina

Taxonomy and systematicsEdit

The Daurian starling was previously placed in the genus Sturnus. It was moved to the resurrected genus Agropsar based on the results of two molecular phylogenetic studies that were published in 2008.[1][2][3]


The Daurian starling is distinguished from other starling species by its dark mantle and crown and narrow wing bars.[4]

Distribution and habitatEdit

The natural habitats of the Daurian starling are boreal forests and temperate forests.


  1. ^ Zuccon, D.; Pasquet, E.; Ericson, P.G.P. (2008). "Phylogenetic relationships among Palearctic-Oriental starlings and mynas (genera Sturnus and Acridotheres: Sturnidae)". Zoologica Scripta. 37: 469–481. doi:10.1111/j.1463-6409.2008.00339.x.
  2. ^ Lovette, I.J.; McCleery, B.V.; Talaba, A.L.; Rubenstein, D.R. (2008). "A complete species-level molecular phylogeny for the 'Eurasian' starlings (Sturnidae:Sturnus, Acridotheres, and allies): Recent diversification in a highly social and dispersive avian group". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 47 (1): 251–260. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2008.01.020. PMID 18321732.
  3. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2018). "Nuthatches, Wallcreeper, treecreepers, mockingbirds, starlings, oxpeckers". World Bird List Version 8.1. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 11 May 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Strange, M. (2002) A photographic guide to birds of southeast Asia: Periplus Editions