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Asian Glossy Starling
(Redirected from Aplonis panayensis)
Alternative names: Philippine Glossy Starling; Indonesian Tree Starling; Bornean Starling
20cm (7Â¾ in). A medium-sized starling with bristly forehead feathers and lanceolate throat feathers.
The subspecies differ in bill size and colour of gloss.
There are 14 subspecies:
leptorrhyncha is not accepted by all authorities
Moist lowland forests, mangrove forests, open country, farms, plantations and gardens. Occurs generally below 700m.
The diet includes mainly soft fruits (papaya, banana, mango, figs) but may also take nectar, insects, spiders and snails.
They nest in tree holes, palm tree crowns and thickets of epiphytic ferns. When a hole is used, little nesting material is used; otherwise, the nest is built using grass and items of rubbish, such as paper. Three eggs (blue, spotted dark brown) are laid at any time of the year, peaking March-June.
Mostly a resident species with some local movements.
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