Micronesian Starling

Aplonis opaca orii

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Starlings (Sturnidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

APLOPA

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Micronesian Starling has a small range of just 2,000 square kilometers. It occurs on the the islands of Palau, on the Northern Mariana Islands, and Micronesia. This common species occurs in a variety of forested habitats and is believed to have a fairly large, stable population. Although the size of the population is unknown, the Micronesian Starling has been given a conservation rating of Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Micronesian Starling: Small, glossy purple-black starling with hint of black streaks on neck, black lores and black around white-yellow eye. Fairly broad, medium-length wings. Medium tail. Medium gray-black legs and feet. Female is slightly smaller and duller than the male. Juvenile is gray-brown above, buff below with gray-brown streaks.


Range and Habitat

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Micronesian Starling SONGS AND CALLS

Micronesian Starling SS1

Most common call is a high-pitched, rolling "brrleep".

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"brleeep"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Micronesian Starlings are bold around humans. In fact, they will follow humans walking through colonies of seabirds and will take the eggs of flushed and started birds.
  • The Chamorro name for this species is "Sali."
  • The government of Guam considers this species to be endangered. It has suffered habitat loss and threats from brown tree snakes.
  • A group of starlings is collectively known as a "chatter", a "chattering", a "cloud", a "clutter", a "concentration", a "congregation", a "constellation", a "filth", a "flight", a "gathering", a "hosting", a "murmuration", a "roost", a "scourge", and a "vulgarity" of starlings.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

About this Palau Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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