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Metallic Starling

(Aplonis metallica)
Alternate name(s): "Shining Starling", "Shiny Starling", "Australian Shiny Starling", "Glossy Starling", "Whirlwindbird"
Size: 22-24 cm
Weight: ca. 57 g (average)

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Metallic Starling at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "metallica"

ADULT

Frontal view of an adult Metallic Starling (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Cairns, QLD, July 2013]

Small flock of Metallic Starlings, with adult birds at the centre of the group and younger ones on the fringes (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Cairns, QLD, July 2013]

Lateral view of an adult Metallic Starling taken in captivity (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Lateral view of a sub-adult Metallic Starling, with only a few white patches of the juvenile plumage remaining (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Cairns, QLD, July 2013]

Lateral view of an immature Metallic Starling (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Cairns, QLD, July 2013]

Breeding information

Breeding season: Aug - Jan Eggs: 2 - 4 Incubation period: ? Fledging age: 21 - 28 days

Nest building: Female & male? Incubation: Female & male Dependent care: Female & male

Nest

"bungobittah", "malunna" = nest [Aboriginal]

Type: Domed hanging bottle Material: Vine tendrils; palm leaf lining Height above ground: >10? m

Tree crown with a small colony of Metallic Starling nests in it (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Cape York peninsula, QLD, October 2008]

Closer look at the densest cluster of Metallic Starling nests (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Cape York peninsula, QLD, October 2008]

Eggs

"boyanga", "booyanga", "derinya", "dirandil", "koomura", "ngampu", "nooluk", "pateena" = Egg; "dirundirri" = eggs [Aboriginal]; "gawu" = eggs [gamilaraay]

Size: 30 x 21 mm Colour: Light-blue, with sparse light- to mid-brown speckles Shape: Tapered oval

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