Family Starlings (Sturnidae)

Near Threatened

Rusty-winged Starling (Aplonis zelandica)


Taxonomy

French: Stourne mélanésien German: Rostflügelstar Spanish: Estornino de Melanesia
Taxonomy:

Lamprotornis zelandicus

Quoy and Gaimard

, 1830,

Tasman Bay, New Zealand; error = Vanikoro Island

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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).
  • Descriptive notes

    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

    Voice

    Most common call a short, melodious "zee-twee"; also repeated metallic whistles. Song... read more

    Habitat

    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.

    Breeding

    Reported as nesting in tree hole high above ground. No other information.

    Movements

    Resident.

    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

    Recommended citation

    Craig, A. & Feare, C. (2019). Rusty-winged Starling (Aplonis zelandica). 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/60840 on 23 September 2019).