Family Starlings (Sturnidae)

Least Concern

Long-tailed Myna (Mino kreffti)


French: Mino de Krefft German: Bismarckatzel Spanish: Miná de las Bismarck

Gracula kreffti

P. L. Sclater

, 1869,

Solomon Islands


Sometimes treated as conspecific with M. dumontii#R. Shorter-tailed birds from SW Bismarcks (New Britain and Umboi) described as race giliau, and smaller birds from E Solomons (Guadalcanal and Malaita) as sanfordi; while those from SW Bismarcks appear to show moderately distinctive morphological traits compared with N Solomons populations (and giliau accepted by some authors#R), they are more closely similar to birds from New Guinea currently separated as M. dumontii, suggesting that treatment as separate species may not be justified; vocal analysis, however, indicates large differences between present species and M. dumontii#R. Monotypic.


Bismarck Archipelago and N & C Solomon Is (SE to Guadalcanal and Malaita).

Descriptive notes

30 cm; 170–215 g. Large myna with large patch of unfeathered skin before, above and below eye and extending to a point behind eye (on nape side. Feathered part of head... read more


Extended whistles and squawks, with loud, high-pitched whistles most like those of M. anais... read more


Forest, especially forest edge, also forest remnants, plantations and secondary growth near... read more

Food and feeding

Diet fruit; stomach contents included slices of soft fruit, and hard-seeded berries. Occurs singly and in pairs. Forages mostly in canopy;... read more


Recorded at nest-holes throughout year. Monogamous; partners remain together throughout year. Nest built in tree hole or in broken palm;... read more



Status and conservation

Not assessed, as often treated as a race of M. dumontii. Probably not globally threatened. Common. Described as abundant on Bougainville I, and one of the most... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. & Feare, C. (2020). Long-tailed Myna (Mino kreffti). 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).