Family Starlings (Sturnidae)

Least Concern

Pale-bellied Myna (Acridotheres cinereus)


French: Martin cendré German: Fahlbauchmaina Spanish: Miná cenizo

Acridotheres cinereus


, 1850,



In the past sometimes treated as conspecific with A. javanicus, and both formerly included in A. fuscus. Monotypic.


S peninsula of Sulawesi (S from Ranteapo).

Introduced in Tuwau (SE Sabah, Borneo)#R.

Descriptive notes

25 cm. A medium-sized, mostly greyish myna with lanceolate feathers of forehead erect and forming crest; crown feathers lanceolate and elongated. Has forehead blackish-... read more


Described as unmusical squeaky rattles and whistles.


Open areas, including paddyfields, villages and cultivated areas; sea-level to 1500 m.

Food and feeding

Diet presumably includes insects, also fruit. Often forages on ground among cattle, and perches on backs of these animals. In small groups... read more


Nest in hole in tree. No other information.


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common, but very poorly known. Introduced population in Sarawak reportedly increasing.

Recommended citation

Craig, A. & Feare, C. (2020). Pale-bellied Myna (Acridotheres cinereus). 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).