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Alternative names: Sula Starling; Sula Myna; Sula Magpie

Streptocitta albertinae


42–45 cm, including tail (25cm). A large myna with a long tail.

  • Dark bare skin encircles eyes
  • Black face, throat and wings
  • White body, nape, and crown to the bill
  • Very long, graduated black tail
  • Yellow bill and legs

Sexes similar. Juveniles have a dark brown mottled forehead.


Endemic to Sula Islands (Taliabu and Mangole), east of Sulawesi, Indonesia.
A poorly known restricted-range species, local and uncommon.


This is a monotypic species.
May form a superspecies with White-necked Myna.


Seen in degraded forest, open forest and cultivated areas. Status in primary forest unclear. Occurs in the lowlands below 250m.


Feeds probably mainly on fruit.
Usually seen in middle and upper level of forest.
Recorded mainly in pairs, sometimes singly or in trios.
No information about breeding or movements.


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2009. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 14: Bush-shrikes to Old World Sparrows. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553507

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