Family Starlings (Sturnidae)


Kosrae Starling (Aplonis corvina)


French: Stourne de Kusaie German: Rabenstar Spanish: Estornino de Kosrae

Lamprotornis corvina


, 1833,

Kusaie Island = Kosrae, Caroline Islands




Kosrae (E Caroline Is).

Known only from a series of six specimens taken in 1827, of which five survive, collected from montane forest. None was seen in 1880, when the island was next visited by an ornithologist. Extinction is thought to have been at least partly attributable to rats, introduced by whalers, who frequently visited the island, but forest disturbance, related to the increasing human population, is likely also to have been responsible.

Descriptive notes

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Recommended citation

(2019). Kosrae Starling (Aplonis corvina). 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 23 January 2019).