Aplonis metallica

Aplonis metallica

Aplonis metallica

(Metallic Starling, Shining Starling)

FAMILY

Sturnidae

Species

Aplonis metallica

Common name(s)

Metallic Starling, Shining Starling

Main colour

Black

Distinctive feature

Black glossy body with prominent red eye, size 20-24 cm

Campus

Cairns

Description

This migratory bird occurs in flocks, usually associated with rainforest areas, they nest in colonies often in trees with an open architecture like Elaeocarpus. Body is glossy black often with an iridescent sheen of purple and green, tail is pointed. Legs and feet black, eyes red, bill black.