Abbott's starling

Species of starling in the family Sturnidae.

- Abbott's starling

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Starling

Starlings are small to medium-sized passerine birds in the family Sturnidae.

Starlings are small to medium-sized passerine birds in the family Sturnidae.

Common starling (Sturnus vulgaris) has iridescent plumage
Chestnut-tailed starling is a partial migrant over much of the east of its range, but its movements are poorly understood
Micronesian starlings have been observed feeding on the eggs of seabirds
Two starlings and an American robin (right) on grape arbor. The American robin is plucking a grape. Robins and starlings cause serious damage to ripening grapes in California and elsewhere.
European starling eggs
Adult feeding young
Polynesian starling, Aplonis tabuensis, ranges from the Solomon Islands to Tonga
Hill mynas, Gracula species
Cape starling (Lamprotornis nitens)
African superb starling

The shortest-bodied species is Kenrick's starling (Poeoptera kenricki), at 15 cm, but the lightest-weight species is Abbott's starling (Poeoptera femoralis), which is 34 g. The largest starling, going on standard measurements and perhaps weight, is the Nias hill myna (Gracula robusta).

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William Louis Abbott

American medical doctor, explorer, ornithologist and field naturalist.

American medical doctor, explorer, ornithologist and field naturalist.

The Doctor by Luke Fildes (detail)

Abbott's name is commemorated in the names of numerous animal taxa, including those of Abbott's crested lizard (Gonocephalus abbotti ), Abbott's day gecko (Phelsuma abbotti ), Abbott's booby (Papasula abbotti), Abbott's starling (Cinnyricinclus femoralis), pygmy cuckoo-shrike (Coracina abbotti), Abbott's sunbird (Cinnyris sovimanga abbotti), the western grey gibbon (Hylobates abbotti) and Abbott's duiker (Cephalophus spadix).