French: Stourne luisant German: Weberstar Spanish: Estornino lustroso
Other common names:
“Timor and Celebes“= Ambon
Subspecies and Distribution
A. m. metallica
(Temminck, 1824) – Metallic Starling – Sula Is, Moluccas, New Guinea and most satellite islands, Aru Is, and NE Australia (NE Queensland).
A. m. inornata
(Salvadori, 1881) – #RNumfor and Biak, in N Geelvink Bay (NW New Guinea).
A. m. purpureiceps
(Salvadori, 1878) – Admiralty Is (NW Bismarck Archipelago).
A. m. nitida
(G. R. Gray, 1858) – Bismarck Archipelago (except NW) and Solomon Is.
A. m. circumscripta
(A. B. Meyer, 1884) – Violet-hooded Starling – E Lesser Sundas (Damar and Tanimbar Is).
25 cm; 48–67 g. Medium-sized starling with long graduated tail, and with long, lanceolate feathers on nape, and prominent red eye; black plumage with variable gloss.... read more
Song short and fluty in tone, described as being likae that of Island Canary (Serinus canaria... read more
Rainforest, coastal woodland, mangroves, also forest edge and clearings, gardens; visits fruiting... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly frugivorous; also takes nectar, some insects. Fruits recorded as taken in Australia include those of native trees Carallia... read more
In E New Guinea mostly Jul–Oct (Jul–Feb around Port Moresby), but Mar–May in some areas; Aug–Jan in NE Australia;... read more
Mainly resident or nomadic. Largely breeding visitor (mostly Jul–Feb/Mar) in NE Australia,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common; abundant in many areas. In New Guinea, some colonies are treated as a traditional food source by humans, where certain individuals had the... read more
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