French: Étourneau malgache German: Madagaskarstar Spanish: Estornino malgache
Statius Müller, 1776,
Coastal areas of Madagascar (except arid SW corner).
20 cm; 40 g. Distinctive starling with outermost rectrices longer than others, producing forked tail. Male has dark chocolate-brown head, rest of upperparts lighter brown;... read more
High-pitched "chee chreetee" song from conspicuous perch, given for minutes at a time,... read more
Humid areas with woodland; also regularly on fringes of clearings and cultivated areas near human... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly fruit (according to stomach contents); also insects and nectar. Recorded food items are figs (Ficus), also berries;... read more
Season Sept–Nov, according mainly to gonadal development of specimens. Nest in tree hole. Eggs pale blue with rusty-brown spots. No... read more
Presumed to move locally in relation to fruiting cycles of plants; observations indicate periodic... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread and relatively common, even in modified habitats and near villages and cultivated areas. Poorly known for a species which is frequently... read more
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