Rhinopsar brunneicapilla Danis, 1938.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
French: Stourne aux yeux blancs; German: Weissaugenstar; Spanish: Estornino de Ojos Blancos.
11.4–12.6 in (29–32 cm); 2.1–2.6 oz (59–73 g). A purple and greenish glossy bird with whitish eyes, the male has a heavy, high-arched, black bill, a slight crest of short, almost bristlelike feathers, and elongate central tail feathers; female is slightly less iridescent and with a slightly less arched bill. Juvenile has a less robust bill, duller upper plumage, dark eyes and underparts, with streaking on lower breast and belly.
Papua New Guinea, and Bougainville, Rendova, Choiseul, and Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands.
Upland and lowland forest, forest edge, cultivated areas.
Gregarious both in nesting and feeding.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Diet consists primarily of fruit and berries taken in the canopy.
Colonial cavity nester.
Endangered as a result of fragmentation of populations and taking of chicks as food.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
Cavity trees reportedly cut down to obtain nestlings as food.
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