White-necked myna

White-necked myna
Streptocitta albicollis

Photo by Ethan Chan (Flickr)

Common name:
white-necked myna (en); mainá-pescoço-branco (pt); streptocitte à cou blanc (fr); miná cuelliblanco (es); weißhalsatzel (de)

Order Passeriformes
Family Sturnidae

This species is endemic to the island of Sulawesi, in Indonesia.

These birds are about 50 cm long, including the 25-30 cm long tail.

The white-necked myna is mostly found in moist tropical forests, also using swamp forests and moist scrublands.

They feed mainly on fruits, but also take some invertebrate and, occasionally, small vertebrates such as lizards.

White-necked mynas are believed to be monogamous and breed in September-November. They are known to nest is holes on dead trees, but there is no further information on the reproduction of this species.

IUCN status – LC (Least Concern)
This species has a large breeding range and is described as common and widespread. The population is suspected to be in decline owing to ongoing habitat destruction and fragmentation.

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