Family Starlings (Sturnidae)

Critically Endangered

Pohnpei Starling (Aplonis pelzelni)


French: Stourne de Ponapé German: Pelzelnstar Spanish: Estornino de Ponapé

Aplonis pelzelni


, 1876,

Pohnpei, Caroline Islands




Pohnpei, in E Caroline Is.

Descriptive notes

16 cm. Small dull starling lacking iridescence in plumage. Head and upperparts are sooty brown, paler brown on rump and uppertail-coverts; wing and tail also pale brown;... read more


Call described as a shrill "see-ay" with bell-like quality.


Forest in mountains, above c. 500 m; formerly more widespread and extending to lowlands.

Food and feeding

Diet mainly fruits, also seeds and insects. Berries taken from shrubs; some insect food and seeds collected on ground. Normally forages in... read more


Female in breeding condition in Jul. Said to nest in tree hole and to lay 2 eggs; confirmation required. No other information.



Status and conservation

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Restricted range species: present in East Caroline Islands EBA. This species was not found in a survey in 1983 and was thought to be extinct, until a... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A., Feare, C. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Pohnpei Starling (Aplonis pelzelni). 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).