Family Starlings (Sturnidae)

Least Concern

Striated Starling (Aplonis striata)


Taxonomy

French: Stourne calédonien German: Dickschnabelstar Spanish: Estornino de Nueva Caledonia
Taxonomy:

Coracias striata

J. F. Gmelin

, 1788,

New Caledonia

.

Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. s. striata (J. F. Gmelin, 1788) – New Caledonia (Grande Terre, I of Pines).
  • A. s. atronitens G. R. Gray, 1859 – Loyalty Is (Ouvéa, Lifou, Maré).
  • Descriptive notes

    18 cm; 49·5–60 g. Rather small blackish starling with short square-ended tail. Male nominate race has forehead and crown blackish, glossed violet and green;... read more

    Voice

    Noisy. Loud clear thin whistles, e.g. "zhe" or "clee", often sharper and more metallic in flight;... read more

    Habitat

    Forested areas, including forest edge and clearings, and savanna and gardens; also nearby coconut... read more

    Food and feeding

    Reported food includes papaya (Carica papaya), small wild tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum), peppers (Capsicum),... read more

    Breeding

    Reported as nesting from Dec to Jan, building platform of twigs and leaves inside hole 1·5–25 m (average 10·5 m) above... read more

    Movements

    Presumed resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in New Caledonia EBA. Common and widespread within its tiny global range.

    Recommended citation

    Craig, A. & Feare, C. (2017). Striated Starling (Aplonis striata). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/60841 on 21 September 2017).