Micronesian starling

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Micronesian starling
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Sturnidae
Genus: Aplonis
Species: A. opaca
Binomial name
Aplonis opaca
(Kittlitz, 1833)

The Micronesian starling (Aplonis opaca) is a species of starling in the family Sturnidae. It is found in Micronesia, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Palau. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Micronesian starlings consume fruit, seeds, the occasional insect and the eggs of seabirds.[2] They are bold around humans and will follow humans in seabird colonies to take the eggs of seabirds flushed by them.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Aplonis opaca". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ JD Reichel; PO Glass (1990). "Micronesian Starling Predation on Seabird Eggs" (PDF). Emu. 90 (2): 135–136. doi:10.1071/MU9900135.