Nesting of the Spotless Starling, Sturnus unicolor, on the island of Favignana (Aegadian Islands, Sicily)

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The presence of the Spotless Starling in Sicily was reported for the first time at the beginning of the XIX century, although the first nests for the province of Trapani are reported almost at the end of the XX century. As a breeder, the Spotless Starling remained absent from all the circumsicilian islands until the first report for the island of Pantelleria, in 2012. In 2020, the nest of Spotless Starling was observed on the island of Favignana, within a hole on an antenna. The couple fed the chicks with Ligia italica crustacean isopod of the family Ligiidae. The nesting on the island of Favignana confirms the continuous expansion of the species in Sicily.

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2021-04-16
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Keywords:
Ligia italica, isopod, diet
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Lo Valvo, M., & Pieri, D. (2021). Nesting of the Spotless Starling, <em>Sturnus unicolor</em&gt;, on the island of Favignana (Aegadian Islands, Sicily). Rivista Italiana Di Ornitologia, 91(1), 59-60. https://doi.org/10.4081/rio.2021.521