Family: Sturnidae (Starlings)
Authority: (Daudin, 1800)
Red List Category
A2d+3d+4d; C2a(i,ii); D
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Justification of Red List category
Although this starling was common until recently, the paucity of records in the field and the increasing rarity of individuals in the cage-bird trade suggest that it has undergone an extremely rapid decline over the past 13 years (three generations). This has resulted in the current wild population now numbering fewer than 50 mature individuals. It is clear that the decline is continuing and the extinction of the species' wild populations is imminent. As such, this species qualifies as Critically Endangered, and urgent conservation action is required to halt its unsustainable exploitation for trade.
Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident):