Starlings (Sturnidae)

Micronesian Starling (Aplonis opaca) - HBW 14, p. 721

French: Stourne de Micronésie German: Karolinenstar Spanish: Estornino de Micronesia

Taxonomy: Lamproth. [ornis] opaca Kittlitz, 1833, Kosrae, Caroline Islands.
Genus name sometimes given as Aplornis (see page 659). Seven subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • aenea Takatsukasa & Yamashina, 1931 - N Northern Mariana Is (Asuncion, Agrihan, Pagan, Alamagan).
  • guami Momiyama, 1922 - S Northern Marianas (Saipan, Tinian, Rota, Guam).
  • orii Takatsukasa & Yamashina, 1931 - Palau Is (Kayangel, Babelthuap, Koror, Garakayo, Ngesebus, Peleliu, Ngabad, Angaur).

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  • aenea Takatsukasa & Yamashina, 1931 - N Northern Mariana Is (Asuncion, Agrihan, Pagan, Alamagan).
  • guami Momiyama, 1922 - S Northern Marianas (Saipan, Tinian, Rota, Guam).
  • orii Takatsukasa & Yamashina, 1931 - Palau Is (Kayangel, Babelthuap, Koror, Garakayo, Ngesebus, Peleliu, Ngabad, Angaur).
  • kurodai Momiyama, 1920 - Yap, in extreme W Caroline Is.
  • anga Momiyama, 1922 - Caroline Is (Ulithi, Fais, Faraulep, Woleai, Ifalik, Lamotrek, Chuuk, Lukunor, Nukuoro).
  • ponapensis Takatsukasa & Yamashina, 1931 - Pohnpei (including Kapingamarangi Atoll, 740 km SW of main island), in E Carolines.
  • opaca ( Kittlitz, 1833) - Kosrae, in extreme E Carolines.