The genus Spodiopsar differs from Sturnus in having the covering membrane of the nostril entirely plumed, and in the plumage being without gloss. There is, moreover, no difference in Spodiopsar between the summer and the winter plumage. The culmen of the bill is slightly curved and not perfectly straight as in Sturnus. The sexes are alike.
The head of Spodiopsar cineraceus resembles so closely that of Sturnus menzbieri in structure, except in the particulars above noted, that it is not necessary to figure it.