French: Stourne calédonien German: Dickschnabelstar Spanish: Estornino de Nueva Caledonia
J. F. Gmelin, 1788,
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).
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
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in New Caledonia EBA. Common and widespread within its tiny global range.
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