Rusty-winged starling

Rusty-winged starling

Rusty-winged starling

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Aplonis zelandica

The rusty-winged starling (Aplonis zelandica ) is a species of starling in the family Sturnidae. It is found in the Santa Cruz Islands and Vanuatu.

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Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. It is threatened by habitat loss arising from the deriving force of human overpopulation.

The rusty-winged starling was described by the French zoologists Jean Quoy and Joseph Gaimard in 1832 from a specimen that they erroneously believed had been obtained from Tasman Bay / Te Tai-o-Aorere in New Zealand. They coined the binomial name, Lamprotornis zelandicus. The rusty-winged starling does not occur in New Zealand and the type locality is now designated as Vanikoro in the Solomon Islands.

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References

1. Rusty-winged starling Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rusty-winged_starling
2. Rusty-winged starling on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22710482/94247292

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