Family Starlings (Sturnidae)

Near Threatened

Tanimbar Starling (Aplonis crassa)


French: Stourne des Tanimbar German: Tanimbarstar Spanish: Estornino de las Tanimbar

Calornis crassa

P. L. Sclater

, 1883,

Larat, Tanimbar Islands




Tanimbar Is (Yamdena, Larat), in extreme E Lesser Sundas.

Descriptive notes

20 cm. Medium-sized starling with comparatively sturdy bill, and with lanceolate feathers on crown and throat. Head and body are dark charcoal-black glossed with metallic... read more


Cacophony of piping, metallic calls from flocks; similar calls repeated at intervals by individual... read more


Wooded areas, including secondary forest and woodland edge, and mangroves.

Food and feeding

Diet fruit, probably also insects and nectar. Forages in dense crowns of flowering and fruiting trees. Forages singly, in pairs or in small... read more


No published information.


Presumed to be resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted range species: present in Banda Sea Islands EBA. Locally common in suitable habitat; has very small... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. & Feare, C. (2020). Tanimbar Starling (Aplonis crassa). 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 17 February 2020).