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Collared Myna - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: White-collared Myna

Photo by tony.saw
Inle Lake, Shan State, East Myanmar, December 2012
Acridotheres albocinctus


25cm. A large, distinctive Myna.

  • White neck collar
  • Black head with short nasal crest
  • Grey-black upperparts, slightly paler and duller underparts
  • Black wing with small white wing patch
  • Black undertail-coverts barred white
  • Black tail with white tips
  • Pale blue or azure blue-eye
  • Orange-yellow bill
  • Yellow legs

Sexes similar. Juveniles are browner than adults and have a pale throat.


Found in extreme northeast India (Manipur), northern Burma and souther China (northwest Yunnan).
Uncommon to locally common. Poorly known.


This is a monotypic species.


Found in open grassland and moist areas like marshland. Also in cultivated areas and villages. Occurs from 800 - 1200m, in Burma up to 1525m.


Feeds on animal and plant food.
Forages mostly on the ground, often in flocks and often together with Great Myna. Often seen near cattle and buffalos.
Breeding season from April to June. A colonial breeder. The nest is placed in a tree hole or in a bank or hollow in a wall. Lays 4 eggs.
A resident species. Some local movements may occur.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  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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