Family Starlings (Sturnidae)

Least Concern

Rennell Starling (Aplonis insularis)


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

Aplonis insularis


, 1931,

Rennell, Solomon Islands


See A. feadensis. Monotypic.


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


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


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


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



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. (2020). 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 on 25 February 2020).