Rusty-winged Starling Aplonis zelandica

Family: Sturnidae (Starlings)

Authority: (Quoy & Gaimard, 1830)

Red List Category

Criteria: C2a(i)

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Justification of Red List category
This poorly known, although apparently scarce species is likely to have a moderately small population which is probably undergoing a slow decline owing to habitat degradation, and it is consequently classified as Near Threatened; it almost qualifies for a threatened listing under criterion C2a(i). Habitat in the highlands of Vanuatu remains safe, and the species occurs in gardens and degraded habitats on Nendo and Vanikoro; however, if the population is found to be smaller and more fragmented than currently thought, it would qualify for uplisting to a higher threat category.

Population size: unknown

Population trend: Decreasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 90,700 km2

Country endemic: No

Land-mass type - oceanic island
Realm - Oceanic
IUCN Ecosystem -- Terrestrial biome

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Species factsheet: Aplonis zelandica. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 06/10/2022. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2022) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 06/10/2022.