French: Stourne de Rarotonga German: Rarotongastar Spanish: Estornino de Rarotonga
Hartlaub and Finsch, 1871,
Rarotonga I, in S Cook Is.
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
Song sweet, described as the most melodious of any Rarotonga bird species. Calls include... read more
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
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
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
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