Aplonis cinerascens Hartlaub and Finsch, 1871.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
French: Stourne de Rarotonga; German: Rarotongastar; Spanish: Estornino de Rarotonga.
8.3 in (21 cm). A chunky gray-brown bird with white undertailcoverts.
Mountains of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands.
Undisturbed mountain forests.
Quiet, inconspicuous, shy, solitary or in pairs, usually found in the forest canopy.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Sparse data suggest a diet of diverse insects, fruit, and possibly nectar.
Cavity nester. Only two nests known; nest materials are dried leaves and other plant fibers.
Vulnerable; in 1987, the population in the wild was estimated at fewer than 100 birds. Major problems include habitat destruction and predation by introduced black rats.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
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