Family Starlings (Sturnidae)

Least Concern

Southern White-necked Myna (Streptocitta albicollis)


French: Streptocitte à cou blanc German: Weißhalsatzel Spanish: Miná cuelliblanco sureño

Pica albicollis


, 1818,

New Caledonia; error = Butung or Muna Islands, Sulawesi


Hitherto treated as conspecific with S. torquata (which see). Monotypic.


S & SE Sulawesi, Muna and Butung.

Descriptive notes

c. 50 cm, including tail of c. 28–30 cm. Large myna with very long, graduated tail; elongated head feathers of waxy appearance, upward-pointing feathers of lores and... read more


Song, from exposed perch, a clear whistling “towee”. Calls reminiscent of those of... read more


Primary forest and secondary forest of various types; very infrequently in modified habitats and... read more

Food and feeding

Diet primarily fruit, also far fewer invertebrates, and occasionally small vertebrates (lizards). Forages mainly in middle canopy; favours... read more


Breeds Sept–Oct. Presumed monogamous. Nests in tree-hole. No other information.


Only local movements reported.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to the Sulawesi EBA. Generally uncommon. Very poorly known. Reasonably widespread, and perhaps... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A., Feare, C. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Southern White-necked Myna (Streptocitta albicollis). 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 16 December 2019).