The Daurian starling (Agropsar sturninus), or purple-backed starling, is a species of bird in the starling family found in eastern Asia from eastern Mongolia and south-eastern Russia to North Korea and central China.
Taxonomy and systematics
The Daurian starling was previous placed in the genus Sturnus. It was moved to the resurrected genus Agropsar based of 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 bar.
Distribution and habitat
The natural habitats of the Daurian starling are boreal forests and temperate forests.
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