Family Starlings (Sturnidae)

Near Threatened

Atoll Starling (Aplonis feadensis)


French: Stourne des Fead German: Atollstar Spanish: Estornino de los atolones

Calornis (Aplonis) feadensis

E. P. Ramsay

, 1882,

Fead, Nuguria Islands, east of Bismarck Archipelago


Close to A. insularis; formerly considered conspecific, but structurally and vocally distinct. Two subspecies recognized.

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).
  • Descriptive notes

    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

    Recommended citation

    Craig, A. & Feare, C. (2020). Atoll Starling (Aplonis feadensis). 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 on 17 February 2020).