Family Starlings (Sturnidae)

Least Concern

Moluccan Starling (Aplonis mysolensis)


French: Stourne des Moluques German: Molukkenstar Spanish: Estornino moluqueño

Calornis mysolensis

G. R. Gray

, 1862,

Misool, West Papuan Islands


Geographical variation trivial; birds from Banggai Is described as race persimilis, those from Sula Is as sulaensis, and those from Halmahera as forsteni, but all considered not reliably separable from birds of this species elsewhere in range. Treated as monotypic.


Banggai Is and Sula Is, off E Sulawesi; Morotai, Halmahera, Ternate, Bacan, Obi, Buru, Seram, Ambon, Haruku and Saparua, in Moluccas; and West Papuan Is (Gebe, Ajoe, Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati, Kofiau, Misool, and some smaller islets except Gag#R).

Descriptive notes

20 cm. Medium-sized starling with fairly long, strongly graduated tail (central feather pair longest), bristly feathers on forehead, and lanceolate but not elongated feathers... read more


High-pitched "teeck" calls during foraging; short "sqweow sqweow" in flight;... read more


Ranges from mangroves and coastal woodland to lowland forest, and to hill forest above 1000 m; also... read more

Food and feeding

Fruit; probably also insects and nectar. Noted in figs (Ficus), casuarinas (Casuarina) and flowering sago palms (... read more


No information on season. Presumed monogamous. Colonial nester; colonies contain up to 50 individuals, occasionally more (up to 200... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common in most of range; common on some islands; scarcer on Buru. Apparently tolerant of altered habitats.

Recommended citation

Craig, A. & Feare, C. (2020). Moluccan Starling (Aplonis mysolensis). 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 25 February 2020).