Family Starlings (Sturnidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-faced Myna (Mino dumontii)


French: Mino de Dumont German: Papuaatzel Spanish: Miná carigualdo

Mainatus Dumontii


, 1827,

Dorey, north-west New Guinea


Sometimes treated as conspecific with M. kreffti (which see). Monotypic.


West Papuan Is (Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati), New Guinea and many small offshore islands (except those off SE coast), and Aru Is.

Probably introduced on Biak I (in Geelvink Bay)#R.

Descriptive notes

25 cm; mean 217 g. Large, short-tailed myna with much of head unfea­thered, having large bare patch above, behind, below and, less extensively, in front of eye, as well... read more


Calls loud nasal growling and croaking sounds, sometimes with quality reminiscent of human... read more


Forest of various types, including rainforest, swamp-forest and monsoon forest; also forest edge... read more

Food and feeding

Diet mainly fruit, also insects. Often feeding on fruit and berries in company of M. anais or other frugivores. Gleans... read more


Recorded in Aug–Sept and Jan–Apr, suggesting that breeding extends from middle dry season to early wet season. Apparently... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Widespread and common in New Guinea. Exploited to some degree, as specimens of this species do appear regularly in the pet trade.

Recommended citation

Craig, A. & Feare, C. (2020). Yellow-faced Myna (Mino dumontii). 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).