French: Stourne de Samoa German: Samoastar Spanish: Estornino de Samoa
Samoan Is, occurring in Samoa (Savaii and Upolu) and American Samoa (Tutuila, Ofu, Olosega and Tau).
30 cm; 125–158 g. Large starling with longish square-ended tail and strong bill. Forehead, crown and nape are dark brown with violet-green iridescence, mantle brown... read more
Calls monosyllabic, include harsh screech and softer whistles, also rasping and squeaking notes.... read more
Primarily coastal vegetation and plantations, also lower forests, especially when partially logged... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly fruit, especially guavas (Psidium), bananas (Musa) and papayas (Carica papaya); also invertebrates.... read more
Season probably at least Mar–Jul. Nest in hole in tree, one 10 m up in hole in top of coconut palm (Cocos nucifera). Eggs... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in Samoan Islands EBA. Common. Numbers on Tutuila fell by c. 66% in early 1990s following a hurricane. Considered... read more
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