Aplonis sp. ‘Erromango’

Erromango Starling (Aplonis sp.)

The Erromango Starling is known from subfossil remains found on the island of Erromango, Vanuatu, which apparently cannot be assigned to one of the starling species that inhabit Vanuatu today, the Mountain Starling (Aplonis santovestris Harrison & Marshall), and the Rusty-winged starling (Aplonis zelandica (Quoy & Gaimard)).

This form apparently disappeared sometime after the arrival of humans onto the island. [1]



[1] David W. Steadman: Extinction and Biogeography of Tropical Pacific Birds. University of Chicago Press 2006


edited: 30.04.2021