- Aplonis dichroa
Alternative name: San Cristobal Starling
20cm. A rather small Starling.
- Mostly blackish plumage, glossy purple green on crown, throat and upper breast, dark brown on mantle and rump
- Tawny brown remiges, paler when worn
- Dark brown tail
- Red eye (sometimes orange or tawny)
- Black bill and legs
Sexes similar. Juveniles are browner and less glossy.
Endemic to San Cristobal (Makira) in the southeast Solomon Islands.
Fairly common but with a tiny global range.
A monotypic species.
May form a superspecies with Brown-winged Starling and was also considered conspecific.
Forest, especially secondary forest. Least common on coast.
Feed on fruit.
Usually seen in small groups of 3 - 8 birds, sometimes in flocks of up to 30 birds.
A monogamous species, breeding solitary. The nest is spherical and made of sticks. It's placed in dense forest subcanopy.
A resident species.
- Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
- Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2009. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 14: Bush-shrikes to Old World Sparrows. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553507
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