Family Starlings (Sturnidae)

Least Concern

Golden-crested Myna (Ampeliceps coronatus)


French: Mainate couronné German: Kronenatzel Spanish: Miná coronado

A[mpeliceps]. coronatus


, 1842,

Tenasserim, south Myanmar




NE India (Cachar, in S Assam; Namdapha National Park, in E Arunachal Pradesh#R), and from C & S Myanmar E to S China (SW Yunnan), Laos and Vietnam, S to S Thailand and Cambodia.

Descriptive notes

19–21 cm; 78–99 g. Medium-sized myna with short square-ended tail, and stiff feathers at base of upper mandible directed forwards over nostrils, bare skin around... read more


Calls include high, slightly slurred bell-like notes; voice similar to that of Gracula... read more


Lowland evergreen forest, also deciduous and mixed woodland, open forest, and cleared areas with... read more

Food and feeding

Diet primarily fruit; probably also takes insects. Forages in pairs or in small groups, primarily in canopy.


Season Apr–Aug. Monogamous. Nest a rough lining of grass in tree hole 5–15 m above ground. Clutch 3–4 eggs, blue-green... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Poorly known in the field. Thought to be scarce to locally common in most of range; rare and irregular in peninsular Thailand; rare and very local in... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. & Feare, C. (2020). Golden-crested Myna (Ampeliceps coronatus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 17 February 2020).