Family Starlings (Sturnidae)

Least Concern

Rennell Starling (Aplonis insularis)


Taxonomy

French: Stourne de Rennell German: Rennellstar Spanish: Estornino de la Rennell
Taxonomy:

Aplonis insularis

Mayr

, 1931,

Rennell, Solomon Islands

.

See A. feadensis (above). Monotypic.

Distribution:

Rennell, in S Solomon Is.

Descriptive notes

19 cm; 66–74 g. Medium-sized, short-tailed starling with lanceolate throat feathers. Head and body are black, feathers of head, mantle, rump, throat and breast edged... read more

Voice

Song a musical series of varied metallic notes, resembling those of A. cantoroides but... read more

Habitat

Forest edge, less often in forest and gardens.

Food and feeding

Little information. Fruit, including figs (Ficus) and larger fruits such as papaya (Carica papaya); also insects and land... read more

Breeding

Nest in stump of coconut palm (Cocos nucifera) or hole in decayed tree; only clutch known was of 3 eggs, pale blue-green with red-... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in Rennell and Bellona EBA. Uncommon, but status not well known. Range tiny, so species potentially vulnerable.

Recommended citation

Craig, A. & Feare, C. (2017). Rennell Starling (Aplonis insularis). 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/60835 on 25 November 2017).