Family Starlings (Sturnidae)

Least Concern

Makira Starling (Aplonis dichroa)


French: Stourne de San Cristobal German: San-Cristóbal-Star Spanish: Estornino de San Cristóbal

Calornis dichroa


, 1895,

San Cristobal, Solomon Islands


In the past regarded as conspecific with A. grandis (which see). Monotypic.


Makira (San Cristobal), in SE Solomon Is.

Descriptive notes

20 cm; 73–92 g. Rather small starling with bristly forehead feathers and lanceolate feathers on crown, throat and upper breast. Plumage mostly blackish, with crown,... read more


Song soft and varied, repeated series of upslurred and downslurred notes. Highly vocal, calls... read more


Forest, especially secondary forest, at all altitudes, but least common on coast; occasionally in... read more

Food and feeding

Fruit, mostly tiny fruits 1–2 mm in diameter; also seeds. Forages in outer twigs, primarily in canopy; hangs by feet in order to... read more


Monogamous. Builds solitary, compact spherical nest of sticks in dense forest subcanopy. Eggs reportedly whitish, sparingly marked with... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in Solomon Group EBA. Fairly common to locally common. Potentially vulnerable, as restricted to single island.

Recommended citation

Craig, A. & Feare, C. (2019). Makira Starling (Aplonis dichroa). 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 16 December 2019).