French: Stourne de Micronésie German: Karolinenstar Spanish: Estornino de Micronesia
Kosrae, Caroline Islands.
Seven subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
A. o. aenea
Takatsukasa & Yamashina, 1931 – N Northern Mariana Is (Asuncion, Agrihan, Pagan, Alamagan).
A. o. guami
Momiyama, 1922 – S Northern Marianas (Saipan, Tinian, Rota, Guam).
A. o. orii
Takatsukasa & Yamashina, 1931 – Palau Is (Kayangel, Babelthuap, Koror, Garakayo, Ngesebus, Peleliu, Ngabad, Angaur).
A. o. kurodai
Momiyama, 1920 – Yap, in extreme W Caroline Is.
A. o. anga
Momiyama, 1922 – Caroline Is (Ulithi, Fais, Faraulep, Woleai, Ifalik, Lamotrek, Chuuk, Lukunor, Nukuoro).
A. o. ponapensis
Takatsukasa & Yamashina, 1931 – Pohnpei (including Kapingamarangi Atoll, 740 km SW of main island), in E Carolines.
A. o. opaca
(Kittlitz, 1833) – Kosrae, in extreme E Carolines.
24 cm; 71–93 g. Rather large starling with short tail. Nominate race is entirely black, with slight green iridescence on head, mantle, back and wing-coverts; iris... read more
Song, delivered from high perch, a melodious ascending phrase consisting of modified call notes.... read more
Forest and disturbed areas, from coastal scrub to dense coconut (Cocos) forest, from sea-... read more
Food and feeding
Diet primarily fruits and seeds; also insects, and eggs of seabirds; sometimes described as omnivorous. Fruits taken include those of figs... read more
Breeds in all months on Guam, in Aug on Yap and Pohnpei, and in Oct–Dec on Chuuk. Monogamous. Nest built from sticks, lined with... read more
Resident; populations tend to be distinct from those on other islands in same region, suggesting... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in Mariana Islands EBA, in Palau EBA, in Yap Islands EBA and in East Caroline Islands EBA. Common in most of range... read more
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