Rarotonga Starling

Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montanes. It is threatened by habitat loss.

The Rarotonga Starling is classified as Vulnerable (VU), considered to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild.

The Rarotonga Starling (Aplonis cinerascens) is a species of starling in the Sturnidae family. It is endemic to the Cook Islands. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montanes. It is threatened by habitat loss. References - * BirdLife International 2004. Aplonis cinerascens. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 24 July 2007. More

Rarotonga starling (Aplonis cinerascens) = Species information - * Facts & Status * Description * Range & Habitat * Biology * Threats & Conservation * Find out more * Glossary & References * All * More

The favoured food of the Rarotonga starling is the nectar of the endemic Rarotonga fitchia (Fitchia speciosa) which as a large, spiky orange flower with copious amounts of nectar from April to June. So important is this mutualistic relationship that the flower of the fitchia is always bent back towards the branch to enable easy access as the starling stands on the branch (4). More

The Rarotonga starling or I`oi, is one of only four native landbirds that live on this lush volcanic island. Within the past two centuries, at least three species of starlings native to the Pacific have become extinct. The flycatcher Kakerori, is another well-known native, found only on Rarotonga. The Kakerori was until recently on the verge of extinction, but is now making a comeback. More

Rarotonga Starling Aplonis cinerascens 2009 IUCN Red List Category (as evaluated by BirdLife International - the official Red List Authority for birds for IUCN): Vulnerable Justification This species qualifies as Vulnerable because it is assumed to have a small population and is confined to just one tiny island. Any indication of a decline would result in Critically Endangered status. More

* Rarotonga Starling, Aplonis cinerascens * Yellow-faced Myna, Mino dumontii * Golden Myna, Mino anais * Long-tailed Myna, Mino kreffti * Sulawesi Myna, Basilornis celebensis * Helmeted Myna, Basilornis galeatus * Long-crested Myna, Basilornis corythaix * Apo Myna, Basilornis miranda * Coleto, Sarcops calvus More

Stamps showing Rarotonga Starling Aplonis cinerascens Rarotonga Starling Aplonis cinerascens Rarotonga Starling Aplonis cinerascens Rarotonga Starling Aplonis cinerascens 205.006 Rarotonga Starling IOC v2.4: 8156 Links will open countrypage in new window - Cook Islands 13.06.2005 WWF - Cook Islands 20.03.2007 Wildlife 26v set - Cook Islands 20.03. More

Rarotonga Starling (Aplonis cinerascens) = French: Stourne de Rarotonga German: Rarotongastar Spanish: Estornino de Rarotonga Taxonomy: Aplonis cinerascens Hartlaub and Finsch, 1871, Rarotonga. Genus name sometimes given as Aplornis (see page 659). Monotypic. Distribution: Rarotonga I, in S Cook Is. More

Vulnerable species include the Rarotonga starling (Aplonis cinerascens), atoll starling (Aplonis feadensis), mountain starling (Aplonis santovestris), Abbott's starling (Cinnyricinclus femoralis), and the white-faced starling (Sturnus albofrontatus). The Rarotonga starling from Rarotonga in the Cook Islands is rare and probably numbered fewer than 100 individuals in 1987. More

Rarotonga Starling, Rarotonga, TCA 30th August © Marcus Lawson Rarotonga Starling - Rarotonga Starling, Cook Islands, Rarotonga September 2006 © Pete Morris/Birdquest You guessed it, another rare one. More

Rarotonga Starling (‘Αoi), which is restricted to the rugged inland of Rarotonga. Although this species has not been quantitatively surveyed, it is widespread throughout the inland. However, because they occupy relatively large territories, their total number may be relatively low, in the vicinity of, say, 500 birds. The two two-island endemics, the Cook Islands Fruit-Dove (Kûkupa) and Cook Islands Reed-Warbler (Kereârako), are relatively common. More

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Kakerori and Rarotonga Starling – just about cling on in the mountain forests. Both are very hard to find, and the starling in particular is in serious trouble. Spot the starling The best place in the Cooks to see land birds, by far, is the awesome island of Atiu, a forty-minute flight away. Black Rat-free, Atiuan birds are able to get on with life without having to worry too much about predators or habitat loss. More

Order : Passeriformes
Family : Sturnidae
Genus : Aplonis
Species : cinerascens
Authority : Hartlaub & Finsch, 1871