Family Starlings (Sturnidae)

Vulnerable

Rarotonga Starling (Aplonis cinerascens)


Taxonomy

French: Stourne de Rarotonga German: Rarotongastar Spanish: Estornino de Rarotonga
Taxonomy:

Aplonis cinerascens

Hartlaub and Finsch

, 1871,

Rarotonga

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

Rarotonga I, in S Cook Is.

Descriptive notes

21 cm; 77–88 g. Medium-sized, greyish-brown starling. Forehead and crown are mousy brown with faint purple iridescence; mantle, back and rump mouse-brown, edged with... read more

Voice

Song sweet, described as the most melodious of any Raro­tonga bird species. Calls include... read more

Habitat

Undisturbed montane forest, also disturbed fringing forest, in rugged interior from 150 m to... read more

Food and feeding

Diet includes fruit and insects, also nectar. Feeds on fruit in canopy, also at flowers; gleans insects from foliage. Forages singly and in... read more

Breeding

Season Aug–Dec. Nest a lining of dead leaves and plant fibres in tree hole 4–6 m above ground, with apparent preference for... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted range species: present in Southern Cook Islands EBA. Population currently thought to be stable. Considered abundant in 1904, and population of several... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. & Feare, C. (2019). Rarotonga Starling (Aplonis cinerascens). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/60850 on 19 September 2019).