French: Stourne à queue courte German: Sundastar Spanish: Estornino colicorto
S Philippines (Mindanao), C & S Sulawesi (and islands of S coasts), islands in Flores Sea (Tanahjampea, Kayuadi, Kalao, Kalaotoa), Java, Bali and Lesser Sundas (E to Romang and Moa).
18 cm; 39–45 g. Small starling with short tail. Plumage mostly blackish, head and neck iridescent bronzy purple, with brighter purple on nape, side of neck, throat and... read more
Plaintive "seep" as contact call; clear metallic shriek, "teek teek", in flight... read more
Forest and forest edge; rarely in cultivated areas and villages in most of range, but in Java and... read more
Food and feeding
Fruit and berries, also insects; coffee (Coffea) berries reported as eaten. Forages both in forest canopy and at edge. Gregarious... read more
Few data. Birds with enlarged gonads in Apr on Mindanao. Said to nest in tree holes in small colonies; other accounts imply that this... read more
Mostly resident. On some islands apparently present only seasonally, and may be nomadic or... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widely distributed and locally common. Uncommon to locally moderately common in Wallacea.
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