French: Goulin gris German: Kahlkopfatzel Spanish: Miná coleto
Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
S. c. calvus
(Linnaeus, 1766) – N Philippines (Luzon, Polillo, Catanduanes, Mindoro and smaller islands).
S. c. melanonotus
Ogilvie-Grant, 1906 – C & S Philippines (Ticao, Samar, Panay, Negros, Cebu, Bohol, Mindanao, Basilan and smaller islands).
S. c. lowii
Sharpe, 1877 – Sulu Archipelago (except Basilan)#R, in SW Philippines.
27 cm; 120–170 g. Distinctive grey-and black sturnid with bare skin covering most of face from base of bill back to side of nape, ear-coverts and cheek, and to top of... read more
Typical call a metallic click followed by high-pitched "kliing-kliing"; described also as... read more
Forest, forest edge, coconut (Cocos nucifera) groves and secondary growth, even isolated... read more
Food and feeding
Diet fruit and insects, also flower nectar; captive pair fed young primarily with insects. Forages singly, in pairs and occasionally in... read more
Breeds Mar–Sept on different islands; birds with enlarged gonads in Feb; captive individuals in Europe nested in summer. Apparently... read more
Presumed resident; most ringed individuals recaptured close to ringing site, but one moved 175 km.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common in much of range. Formerly hunted for food in some regions. Widely kept as a cagebird, as it is a noted mimic of human speech. Occurs in... read more
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