Family Starlings (Sturnidae)

Least Concern

Long-tailed Starling (Aplonis magna)


Taxonomy

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

Lamprotornis magnus

Schlegel

, 1871,

Soëk, Misori (= Biak Island), New Guinea

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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

    Voice

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

    Habitat

    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.

    Breeding

    Nest high up in tree. No other information.

    Movements

    Resident.

    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. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/60836 on 18 December 2018).