French: Stourne chanteur German: Singstar Spanish: Estornino cantor
G. R. Gray
Misool, West Papuan Islands
West Papuan Is (Waigeo, Salawati, Batanta, Misool), New Guinea and some satellite islands, Aru Is, Bismarck Archipelago and Solomon Is.
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
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