Family Starlings (Sturnidae)


White-eyed Starling (Aplonis brunneicapillus)


French: Stourne aux yeux blancs German: Weißaugenstar Spanish: Estornino ojiblanco

Rhinopsar brunneicapillus


, 1938,

Buin, Bougainville




Bougainville, Choiseul, Rendova and Guadalcanal, in Solomon Is.

Descriptive notes

23 cm; 59–77 g. Medium-sized, pale-eyed starling with small frontal crest formed by degenerate feathers of forehead, deep bill with strongly curved upper mandible,... read more


Calls described at nesting colony include "chreep" in courtship, and whistled "kah kwik-kwik-kwik-... read more


Forest, including both lowland forest and hill forest to at least 800 m, and swamp-forest, also... read more

Food and feeding

Diet mainly fruit, including figs (Ficus), and fruits with large stones (which are presumably regurgitated). Forages mostly in... read more


Recorded in Jan on Bougainville and Jul–Aug on Guadalcanal. Presumed monogamous. Colonial; colonies of 10–40 nests in isolated... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted range species: present in Solomon Group EBA. Rare and patchily distributed, with few recent records; poorly known. Total population estimated at fewer... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. & Feare, C. (2020). White-eyed Starling (Aplonis brunneicapillus). 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 25 February 2020).