French: Stourne mélanésien German: Rostflügelstar Spanish: Estornino de Melanesia
Quoy and Gaimard, 1830,
Tasman Bay, New Zealand; error = Vanikoro Island.
Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
A. z. maxwellii
H. O. Forbes, 1900 – Nendo (Santa Cruz), in WC Santa Cruz Is.
A. z. zelandica
(Quoy & Gaimard, 1830) – Vanikoro, in S Santa Cruz Is.
A. z. rufipennis
E. L. Layard, 1881 – Banks Is and N & C Vanuatu (S to Malakula, Paama and Lopevi#R).
19 cm. Rather small, dull-plumaged starling. Male nominate race has forehead, crown and nape dark brown with paler, olive edges; mantle and back brown, greenish gloss on back... read more
Most common call a short, melodious "zee-twee"; also repeated metallic whistles. Song... read more
Forest; also secondary growth and partly cleared areas, including wooded gardens. On mountainous... read more
Food and feeding
Diet primarily fruit; also gleans insects from foliage. Forages mostly in lower canopy, sometimes lower. Generally singly or in pairs.
Reported as nesting in tree hole high above ground. No other information.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted range species: present in Vanuatu and Temotu EBA. Poorly known species. Generally uncommon to scarce... read more
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