Our grosbeak starling can be found in our Gems of the Jungle exhibit.
These birds are native to tropical lowlands and sometimes wetlands on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Their diet consists of fruit, insects and grain.
This species nests in colonies, which frequently contain hundreds of pairs. Its nests are formed in rotting or dying tree trunks.
Grosbeak starlings are highly vocal, at their colonies and in feeding flocks.
During the breeding season, the Grosbeak Starling male performs courtship displays accompanied by song. The male approaches the female while producing series of chuckling notes with fluffed throat feathers.
They currently have a stable population but do face the threats of habitat loss and encroachment by humans.