Raiatea starling

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The Raiatea starling, formerly known as the bay thrush, bay starling, or the mysterious bird of Ulieta,[2] is an extinct bird species of uncertain taxonomic relationships that once lived on the island of Raiatea (formerly known as Ulietea, hence the specific epithet ulietensis), the second largest of the Society Islands in French Polynesia.

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Raiatea starling
Watercolour painting by Georg Forster, 1774
Extinct (between 1774 and 1850)  (IUCN 3.1)[1]
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Sturnidae (?)
Genus: Aplonis (?)
A.? ulietensis
Binomial name
Aplonis? ulietensis
(Gmelin, 1789)
  • Turdus ulietensis Gmelin, 1789
  • Turdus badius Forster, 1844
  • Merula ulietensis Ramsay, 1879