Aplonis diluvialis   (Steadman)


 
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Huahine Starling
(Aplonis diluvialis)

 
syn. -

 
distribution:

Society Islands: Huahine

 
local name: -

 
size: ca. 26 cm (length)

extinction date: (?)

 
This species was described in 1989 on the basis of subfossil bones.

The Huahine Starling was probably larger than any other member of its genus, known so far from the pacific region, except for the Samoan Starling (Aplonis atrifusca).

 
References:

- David W. Steadman: A new species of starling (Sturnidae, Aplonis) from an archaeological site on Huahine, Society Islands. Notornis 36: 161-169. 1989
- David W. Steadman: Extinction and Biogeography of Tropical Pacific Birds. University Of Chicago Press 2006