His observations reveal that the species lived on small mammals, lizards and insects. Its call was loud, and individuals were solitary in their habits. He recorded that it seemed rare at the time of his visit, and doubtless it was well on the way to extinction, as no later naturalist ever managed to locate it.
Kosrae had become a popular resort for visiting whalers, who used the island to repair their vessels and generally recuperate after their exertions. Rats were introduced and these animals quickly overran the island. They had a greatly detrimental effect on the bird populations, and doubtless their presence was a major factor in the starling’s extinction.