Like so many island birds, this was a tame and confiding species. Islanders described how easily individuals could be knocked down with sticks. Despite this, the Reunion Starling survived for much longer than many other Mascarene bird species. It seems to have been relatively common right through into the early years of the nineteenth century, although by the middle years of that century it had disappeared altogether. Nothing, apart from its appearance, is known of this species. Indeed, its taxonomic placement is also disputed, as some authors consider it to be a helmet-shrike (Prionopidae).