Crested Myna

Acridotheres cristatellus

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Starlings (Sturnidae)

Code 4

Non AOU

Code 6

Non AOU

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Crested Myna has a large range, estimated globally at 1,000,000 to 10,000,000 square kilometers. It is native to the nations of Asia and prefers grassland and pasture land ecosystems, though it has been known to reside in rural and urban areas. The global population of this bird has not been determined, but it does not appear to meet population decline criteria that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. The current evaluation status of the Crested Myna is Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Crested Myna: Medium-sized, black starling with compact bushy crest on forehead, red eyes, prominent white wing patch, white-tipped tail. Bill and legs are yellow. Imitates calls of other birds. Often walks on the ground, foraging for food. Flight is swift and direct on powerful, rapid wing strokes.


Range and Habitat

Crested Myna: Native to southeastern China and Indochina. Introduced around 1890 to Vancouver, British Columbia. The population reached the thousands, but then began to decline; the last two individuals are believed to have died in 2003. A small number were reported in southern Florida in the 1980s.

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Crested Myna SONGS AND CALLS

Crested Myna H1

Song consists of harsh and musical phrases.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

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INTERESTING FACTS

  • It is an introduced songbird from southern China and northern Indochina that has successfully colonized urban and agricultural habitats in and around Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • The Crested Myna was first described in 1766 by Carolus Linnaeus, Swedish botanist, physician and zoologist.
  • A group of mynas are collectively known as a "local" and a "statutory" of mynas.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Artist

Dwight Kirkland

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