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  Metallic Starling (Aplonis metallica)





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Metallic Starling

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METALLIC STARLING FACTS

Description
The Metallic Starling is a black rainforest bird with glossy purple and green that gives it a metallic sheen. It has a bright red eye and stout bill. The tail is narrow and long. Juvenile birds are dark brown with white chest and throat streaked with grey, and brown. As the bird matures it develops the red eye and black colour, but still has white underside which is streaked with black. The white underside becomes black when it develops its full adult plumage. They are gregarious noisy birds.

Size
20cm - 22cm

Habitat
rainforest, mangroves

Food
The Metallic Starling feeds mainly on fruit and also takes insects.

Breeding
nests in tress in colonies. The nest is dome made of grass, bark and other plant fibre, and is lined with feathers. Lays two to four pale eggs with brownish spots

Range
north east coastal areas of tropical Queensland from Cape York to around Gladstone. Also found in New Guinea, the Moluccas Islands and the Solomon Islands.



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Sturnidae
Genus:Aplonis
Species:metallica
Common Name:Metallic Starling