American Samoa Territorial Bird
Samoan Starling (common name)
Aplonis atrifusca (scientific name)
The Samoan starling is a large, dark brown bird with a long bill. Male and female birds are similar in appearance. The primary diet of these birds is a variety of nectars, fruit (guava, mamala, nonu, lau pata, mati figs), insects, caterpillars, and lizards. Samoan starlings search for food through open-bill probing, which involves using the bill to dig into dense vegetation. They build nests on the hollows of trees, especially coconut trunks, as well as telephone poles and the tops of coconut trees. The starlings produce various whistles and other calls. While the territory has no official bird, this starling is found only in American Samoa and the nation of Samoa and is thus a good representative of the region.
ALSO KNOWN AS
Mocker, American nightingale
Samoan starlings are gregarious birds that assemble and live in flocks.
Tropical moist lowland forests, plantations, and small villages on volcanic islands.
Range: American Samoa and Samoa
Conservation Status: Least Concern (LC)
Nesting Period: Year-round
Egg Description: Pale blue
Polynesian starling (miti vao), Rarotonga starling
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