Grey starlings (makudori) are also known as white-cheeked starlings. They are very common in the winter in Japan and I often see them, but I haven’t had much luck photographing them. These shots were taken by the river in Tagawa, where I spotted a group of about seven or eight. This species is considered a pest due to the noise/faeces from large flocks in city trees, and also because they eat fruit.

gray starlinggray starling

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Sturnidae (starlings)
Grey starling = makudori
Sturnus cineraceus