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Species of Thailand

Purple-backed starling

Agropsar sturninus, Peter Simon Pallas, 1776

(In Thai: นกกิ้งโครงแกลบหลังม่วงดำ)

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.

Taxonomy and systematics

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.


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

Distribution and habitat

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

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Category / Seasonal Status

Wiki listed status (concerning Thai population): Resident and passage visitor

BCST Category: Recorded in an apparently wild state within the last 50 years

BCST Seasonal status: Non-breeding visitor

Scientific classification

Agropsar sturninus

Common names

  • Thai: นกกิ้งโครงแกลบหลังม่วงดำ


  • Sturnia sturnina

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)


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Daurian starling
Daurian starling

Range Map

Distribution map of Purple-backed starling, Agropsar sturninus in Thailand
  • Bang Pu Recreation Centre
  • Bangkok Province
  • Bueng Boraped Non-Hunting Area
  • Chiang Saen District, Chiang Rai
  • Hat Yai District, Songkhla
  • Kabin Buri District, Prachinburi
  • Kaeng Krachan National Park
  • Kamphaeng Saen District, Nakhon Pathom
  • Kapong District, Phang Nga
  • Khao Dinsor (Chumphon Raptor Center)
  • Khao Lak - Lam Ru National Park
  • Khao Phra - Bang Khram Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park
  • Khao Yoi District, Phetchaburi
  • Khlong Hoi Khong District, Songkhla
  • Klaeng District, Rayong
  • Ko Tao
  • Laem Pak Bia
  • Mueang Chumphon District, Chumphon
  • Mueang Khon Kaen District, Khon Kaen
  • Mueang Krabi District, Krabi
  • Mueang Pattani District, Pattani
  • Mueang Phang Nga District, Phang Nga
  • Mueang Phetchaburi District, Phetchaburi
  • Mueang Phitsanulok District, Phitsanulok
  • Mueang Samut Sakhon District, Samut Sakhon
  • Mueang Suphanburi District, Suphan Buri
  • Mueang Surat Thani District, Surat Thani
  • Mueang Tak District, Tak
  • Nong Bong Khai Non-Hunting Area
  • Nong Yai Area Development Project Under Royal Init
  • Pathio District, Chumphon
  • Samut Prakan Province
  • Similan Islands
  • Tha Sala District, Nakhon Si Thammarat
  • Thalang District, Phuket
  • Wat Phai Lom & Wat Ampu Wararam Non-Hunting Area
Range map of Agropsar sturninus in Thailand