Aplonis pelzelni   (Finsch)


 
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Ponapé Starling; Pohnpei Mountain Starling; Pohnpei Starling
(Aplonis pelzelni)

 
syn. -

 
distribution:

Federated States of Micronesia: Ant (?), Pakin (?), Pohnpei

 
local name:

Sie (Pohnpeian)

 
Größe: 18 cm (length)

Aussterbedatum: sometimes after 1995

 
The Pohnpei Starling was a uniformly black appearing bird, that inhabited the dense mountain-rainforests of its home island. According to accounts of the natives the bird formerly also occured on the nearby atolls of Ant and Pakin.

The birds fed mainly on fruits, but also took smaller insects and were mostly found in pairs.

The number of Pohnpei Starlings was massively declined since 1930. In 1983, during an intensive field search, no bird of that species could be found and it was considered extinct.

However a confirmed sighting took place in the year 1995, but since then the bird has disappered. Up to now there seem to be absolutely no efforts to safe this species, and so its finally extinction must be feared.

 
References:

- H. Douglas Pratt, Phillip L. Bruner, Delwyn G. Berrett: A Field Guide to the Birds of Hawaii and the Tropical Pacific. Princeton University Press 1987