Family Starlings (Sturnidae)

Least Concern

Striated Starling (Aplonis striata)


French: Stourne calédonien German: Dickschnabelstar Spanish: Estornino de Nueva Caledonia

Coracias striata

J. F. Gmelin

, 1788,

New Caledonia


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. s. striata (J. F. Gmelin, 1788) – New Caledonia (Grande Terre, I of Pines).
  • A. s. atronitens G. R. Gray, 1859 – Loyalty Is (Ouvéa, Lifou, Maré).
  • Descriptive notes

    18 cm; 49·5–60 g. Rather small blackish starling with short square-ended tail. Male nominate race has forehead and crown blackish, glossed violet and green;... read more


    Noisy. Loud clear thin whistles, e.g. "zhe" or "clee", often sharper and more metallic in flight;... read more


    Forested areas, including forest edge and clearings, and savanna and gardens; also nearby coconut... read more

    Food and feeding

    Reported food includes papaya (Carica papaya), small wild tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum), peppers (Capsicum),... read more


    Reported as nesting from Dec to Jan, building platform of twigs and leaves inside hole 1·5–25 m (average 10·5 m) above... read more


    Presumed resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in New Caledonia EBA. Common and widespread within its tiny global range.

    Recommended citation

    Craig, A. & Feare, C. (2020). Striated Starling (Aplonis striata). 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 23 February 2020).