Family Starlings (Sturnidae)

Near Threatened

Yellow-eyed Starling (Aplonis mystacea)


French: Stourne de Grant German: Mimikastar Spanish: Estornino ojigualdo

Calornis mystacea


, 1911,

Parimau, Mimika River, New Guinea




Lowlands between W & SE New Guinea.

Descriptive notes

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

Recommended citation

Craig, A. & Feare, C. (2020). Yellow-eyed Starling (Aplonis mystacea). 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).