Family Starlings (Sturnidae)

Least Concern

Long-tailed Starling (Aplonis magna)


French: Stourne à longue queue German: Biakstar Spanish: Estornino de Biak

Lamprotornis magnus


, 1871,

Soëk, Misori (= Biak Island), New Guinea


Race brevicauda notably shorter-tailed (allow 3) and supposedly less glossy (1) than nominate, but no other differences known; vocal evidence desirable. Two subspecies recognized.

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Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. m. brevicauda (van Oort, 1908) – Numfor Long-tailed Starling – Numfor I, in NW Geelvink Bay (NW New Guinea).
  • A. m. magna (Schlegel, 1871) – Biak Long-tailed Starling – Biak I, in N Geelvink Bay.
  • Descriptive notes

    28–41 cm (including tail). Large starling with long tail (central four feathers greatly elongated); forehead feathers bristly, feathers of crown and throat lanceolate.... read more


    Series of loud warbles; call a shrill slurred "cheeuw" on descending scale.


    Forest, secondary woodland, forest edge and gardens, at all altitudes.

    Food and feeding

    Fruit. Forages in trees and undergrowth. Occurs in pairs and in small groups.


    Nest high up in tree. No other information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in Geelvink Islands EBA. Tiny global range, consisting of two islands. Reported as abundant on both islands.

    Recommended citation

    Craig, A. & Feare, C. (2019). Long-tailed Starling (Aplonis magna). 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 10 December 2019).