French: Martin huppé German: Haubenmaina Spanish: Miná crestado
Subspecies and Distribution
A. c. cristatellus
(Linnaeus, 1766) – S & SE China (S from S Shaanxi, E from C Sichuan and W Yunnan). Recorded in N & E Myanmar, where status unknown#R.
A. c. brevipennis
E. J. O. Hartert, 1910 – Laos and Vietnam (except S), and Hainan (S China).
A. c. formosanus
(E. J. O. Hartert, 1912) – Taiwan.
25–27·5 cm; 108–140 g. Mostly black myna with elongated forehead feathers directed towards mid-line, forming obvious frontal crest; crown and nape feathers... read more
Commonest vocalization a trisyllabic call with downward inflection (sometimes upward inflection),... read more
Open country, including rice paddies and other cultivated areas, also regularly in suburban parks... read more
Food and feeding
Diet insects and other invertebrates; also fruit, and will scavenge dead fish and human discards. Insects taken include caterpillars (... read more
Season Apr–Aug, from Mar in Taiwan, Apr–May in Philippines; sometimes double-brooded. Monogamous, probably with long-term pair-... read more
Resident, with some dispersal.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to locally very common in much of native range; uncommon to common to Vietnam and Laos. Nominate race has been recorded in E Myanmar, but... read more
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