Purple-backed Starling at Punggol Barat

on 13th February 2018

Birdie Yap‘s images show hundreds of Purple-backed Starling (Sturnus sturninus), also known as Daurian Starling, at Punggol Barat recently.


This starling is a common winter visitor as well as a passage migrant to Singapore. It breeds in East Russia, North China and Korea. During the northern winter months is moves south South China, North East India and throughout Southeast Asia to the Malay Peninsula, Singapore, Sumatra and Java.

During September to October and around March, large numbers can be seen in various parts of Singapore.


Large numbers will forage in trees LINK 1 and LINK 2. In the evenings they form large flocks before settling in their roosting trees LINK 1 and LINK 2. Should they roost in the wayside trees fronting Housing Development Board’s apartment blocks, they will cause nuisance in the noise they generate before settling down for the night and in the early mornings when they prepare to leave to look for food.

Birdie Yap
29th January 2018

This post is a cooperative effort between Birds, Insects N Creatures Of Asia and BESG to bring the study of birds and their behavior through photography and videography to a wider audience.

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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