Family Starlings (Sturnidae)

Least Concern

Singing Starling (Aplonis cantoroides)


French: Stourne chanteur German: Singstar Spanish: Estornino cantor

Calornis cantoroides

G. R. Gray

, 1862,

Misool, West Papuan Islands




West Papuan Is (Waigeo, Salawati, Batanta, Misool), New Guinea and some satellite islands, Aru Is, Bismarck Archipelago and Solomon Is.

Descriptive notes

18 cm; 50–62 g. ­Medium-sized starling with bristly forehead feathers, and with feathers of crown and, parti­cularly, throat hackled. Plumage is black with... read more


Song a short melodious whistle. Flight call a rustling sound resembling call of White-bellied... read more


In New Guinea found in wide range of natural and modified habitats, including urban areas; mainly... read more

Food and feeding

Fruit, also insects. Fruits taken include figs (Ficus), fruit from forest palms, papaya (Carica papaya) and bird's-eye... read more


Determination of season difficult owing to presence of individuals around nesting areas through much of year; recorded Sept–Feb in... read more


Increased abundance in New Guinea highlands during Apr–Nov suggests possible altitudinal... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Widespread and common in New Guinea, as well as in several island groups. Reportedly extending its range into cultivated areas and colonizing some... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. & Feare, C. (2019). Singing Starling (Aplonis cantoroides). 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 7 December 2019).