Red-billed Starling Sturnus sericeus
First recorded on Ganghwa island, Gyeongii Province, by KIM Jin Man, April 16 2000. Second record by Nial Moores (April 30, 2000); first photographed in November 2000.
Although only first recorded on the Korean Peninsula in April 2000 (by KIM Jin-Man at Ganghwa Island, Gyeonggi Province), the Red-billed (or Silky) Starling appears to be a regular though uncommon migrant to the west coast of South Korea. It has been recorded two more times on Ganghwa (19/9/2000 and 21/4/2001) and in addition there is also apparently a recent record in the summer months from Pyongyang, North Korea (e.g. W. Duckworth in lit). Most intriguingly, there was also apparently a large flock (ca 100) recorded on the east coast of South Korea in autumn 2001. Additionally, 2-3 records on the Hebei coast over the last 2-3 years suggests range expansion (J. Hornskov pers com).
The species is distinctive in all plumages, looking more heavily-built than White-cheeked Starling Sturnus cineraceus, with an overall paler gray plumage, a white patch on the primary coverts and primary bases, and either a yellowy (juvenile) or bright red bill, with reddish legs.
The table below lists the sightings of Red-billed Starling made by Nial Moores on Gageo and Eocheong Islands, Busan, and latterly in Guryongpo.
Photo © Nial Moores
|Date||Number: Age and Sex||Location|
|Apr 30 2000||2: 1 male,1 female||Gageo Is|
|Nov 1-2 2000||2: 1 male; 1 1st winter/female?||Gageo Is|
|Nov 4-5 2000||1 male||Gageo Is|
|Nov 7 2000||2: 1 juvenile/1st winter; 1 male||Gageo Is|
|Nov 8-10 2000||1 adult female||Gageo Is|
|Nov 1 2001||1 female||Gageo Is|
|Apr 18-19 2002||1 singing male||Eocheong Is|
|Apr 22 2002||1 female||Eocheong Is|
|Nov 6 2002||1 immature (pictured above)||Busan|
|Nov 23 2002||2 immatures||Guryongpo|