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Category:Aplonis - BirdForum Opus

Genus: Aplonis


Glossy Starlings native to Australasia and Pacific Ocean Islands. Several species from islands are extinct or close to extinction.
Most species have a glossy black plumage, the colours only seen from certain angles.
Their eyes are often red or yellow. Juveniles are generally streaked on the underparts.


Aplonis is a genus in the family Sturnidae.
There is some controversy about the genus name which is sometimes also spelled Aplornis.

Genus Aplonis viewedit
A. metallica Metallic Starling
A. mystacea Yellow-eyed Starling
A. crassa Tanimbar Starling
A. feadensis Atoll Starling
A. insularis Rennell Starling
A. magna Long-tailed Starling
A. brunneicapillus White-eyed Starling
A. grandis Brown-winged Starling
A. dichroa Makira Starling
A. zelandica Rusty-winged Starling
A. striata Striated Starling
A. pelzelni Pohnpei Starling
A. cantoroides Singing Starling
A. santovestris Mountain Starling
A. panayensis Asian Glossy Starling
A. mysolensis Moluccan Starling
A. minor Short-tailed Starling
A. opaca Micronesian Starling
A. tabuensis Polynesian Starling
A. atrifusca Samoan Starling
Skull t.png A. corvina
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A. cinerascens Rarotonga Starling
Skull t.png A. mavornata
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Skull t.png A. fusca
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  1. 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.
  2. 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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