French: Stourne de Grant German: Mimikastar Spanish: Estornino ojigualdo
Parimau, Mimika River, New Guinea.
Lowlands between W & SE New Guinea.
18 cm. Medium-sized starling with rather long, graduated tail; bristly forehead feathers forming partly erectile crest (visible in field), and feathers of crown, nape, throat... read more
Calls include harsh and bell-like notes; not properly distinguished from Aplonis metallica... read more
Forest, primarily lowland alluvial forest; reported also in hill forest to at least 300 m.
Food and feeding
Diet presumably mainly fruit; red berries fed to young. Forages in canopy of lowland-forest trees such as Endospermum moluccanum.... read more
Season apparently not documented. Colonial. One colony known, contained c. 150 nests: nest an untidy, mostly globular structure of strips... read more
Presumed resident; possibly nomadic.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Poorly known species, and status unclear because of close resemblance to A. metallica. Confirmed... read more
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