Family Starlings (Sturnidae)

Least Concern

Grosbeak Starling (Scissirostrum dubium)


French: Scissirostre des Célèbes German: Finkenschnabelstar Spanish: Estornino culipinto
Other common names: Grosbeak Myna, Finch-billed Myna

Lanius dubius


, 1801,

locality unknown = Sulawesi


Birds from Peleng described as race pelingense, but considered inseparable from those elsewhere in species’ range. Monotypic.


Sulawesi and nearby islands of Bangka, Lembeh, Togian Is, Butung, and Banggai Is (Peleng, Banggai).

Descriptive notes

20 cm; 50 g. Smallish starling with massive bill. Plumage is mostly dark grey, darker on wing and tail; rump and uppertail-covert feathers, and some feathers on flanks, are... read more


Song in courtship opens with chuckling notes, followed by loud whistles. Harsh rasping "schirr... read more


Generally at forest edge and in lightly wooded areas; more common in modified habitats, and most... read more

Food and feeding

Diet fruit, seeds and insects; fruits taken include those of figs (Ficus) and Albizzia, and bird's-eye chilli (... read more


Breeding recorded in May; captives nested in spring and summer in Europe. Monogamous. Colonial breeder, colonies containing up to hundreds... read more


Resident; local movements for foraging purposes.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread and common to locally very common. Breeds readily in captivity. Occurs in several protected areas, e.g. Dumoga Bone... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. & Feare, C. (2019). Grosbeak Starling (Scissirostrum dubium). 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 13 December 2019).