Backyard Birds

Samoan Starling

The Samoan Starlings (Aplonis atrifusca) are found in American Samoa (unincorporated territory of the United States located in the South Pacific Ocean) and the Independent State of Samoa.

They live in tropical moist forest areas on volcanic islands, where it is common and more conspicuous than the Polynesian Starling, which is found within its range. In their natural habitat, they appear to nest year-round.


The plumage is dark brown and glossy. They have a long bill.

Calls / Vocalizations

Their vocalizations include various whistles and other sounds.

Diet / Feeding

They feed on a variety of fruits and insects.


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