Aplonis metallica, Metallic Starling, Perling Ungu

Written by on November 19, 2010 in Indonesia Bird with 0 Comments

Aplonis metallica, Metallic Starling, Perling Ungu


The Metallic Starling, Aplonis metallica, also known as Shining Starling, is a bird in the starling family. It is native of New Guinea and nearby Australasian islands, and a limited area of northeastern Australia.

The adult has brilliant red eyes, a long tail and green-glossed black plumage. Immatures are pale below with dark streaks. Such birds migrate during August to the northern regions of Queensland, where they mate, preparing messy globular nests for their young which hang from tall trees. There they remain until April, where upon they make their return journey to New Guinea.

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