Family Starlings (Sturnidae)

Near Threatened

Helmeted Myna (Basilornis galeatus)


French: Basilorne huppé German: Helmatzel Spanish: Miná de yelmo

Basilornis galeatus

A. B. Meyer

, 1894,

New Guinea; error = Banggai Islands or Sula Islands




Banggai Is (Peleng and Banggai) and Sula Is (Taliabu, Seho, Mangole), off E Sulawesi.

Descriptive notes

25 cm. Distinctive myna, with feathers of forehead, crown and nape directed inwards towards mid-line and central feathers elongated to form tall crest. Forehead to nape and... read more


Deep booming "poo poo poop" calls the only vocalization reported.  


Forest, most often in undisturbed areas, also reedswamps, mangroves, and fruiting trees in degraded... read more

Food and feeding

Diet fruit and berries. Usually forages in upper levels of trees, occasionally coming lower. Generally in pairs; flock of 22 individuals... read more


No published information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted range species: present in Banggai and Sula Islands EBA. Limited data on current status; scarce to... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. & Feare, C. (2020). Helmeted Myna (Basilornis galeatus). 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 25 February 2020).