French: Stourne des Fead German: Atollstar Spanish: Estornino de los atolones
Calornis (Aplonis) feadensis
E. P. Ramsay
Fead, Nuguria Islands, east of Bismarck Archipelago
Subspecies and Distribution
A. f. heureka
Meise, 1929 – Ninigo Group, Hermit Is and, probably this race, Wuvulu#R, Emirau#R and Tench I, off NW & N Bismarck Archipelago.
A. f. feadensis
(E. P. Ramsay, 1882) – Nissan I and Nuguria Is (E of New Ireland), Mortlocks and Carterets (E of Bougainville), and Ontong Java Atoll (N Solomon Is).
20 cm; 72 g. Medium-sized starling with forehead feathers slightly bristly. Head and body are black, glossed with turquoise-green, wing and tail brownish-black with some... read more
Commonest call a loud ascending "weee-eeee"; softer calls resemble those of white-eyes (... read more
Forest, forest edge and coconut (Cocos nucifera) groves; often found around gardens near... read more
Food and feeding
Diet berries and insects. Forages in canopy; also at lower levels at forest edge, where sometimes descends to ground to feed. Gleans... read more
Breeds Jun–Jul (young in nest). Nest in hole 5–10 m above ground in old tree or coconut stump. Clutch 2 eggs, pale blue, with... read more
Presumed resident, although individual seen flying between islands in Ninigo Group.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted range species: present in New Britain and New Ireland EBA and in Ontong Java Atoll Secondary Area.... read more
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