Family Starlings (Sturnidae)

Least Concern

Long-crested Myna (Basilornis corythaix)


French: Basilorne de Céram German: Molukkenatzel Spanish: Miná moluqueño

Pastor Corythaix


, 1827,

Java; error = Seram, Moluccas




Seram, in S Moluccas.

Descriptive notes

25 cm; 121–132 g. Distinctive myna, with feathers of crown and nape directed towards mid-line, and elongated to form tall crest of degenerate plumes; tail wedge-shaped... read more


Calls include nasal notes interspersed with short piping notes; series of five loud whistles,... read more


Primary forest, also degraded forest; also forest edge, secondary forest, lightly wooded... read more

Food and feeding

Poorly known. Diet assumed to be fruit, as observed in groups in fruiting trees, and often seen in gardens with Aplonis mysolensis... read more


Breeding noted in Jul; presumably monogamous. No other information.


Resident; any movements presumed very local in nature.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in Seram EBA. Very poorly known. Appears to be rather local and patchy in distribution. Uncommon in most of range;... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. & Feare, C. (2020). Long-crested Myna (Basilornis corythaix). 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).