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Long-crested Myna - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Ceram Myna; Ceram Starling; Seram King Starling

Basilornis corythaix


25cm. A distinctive myna.

  • Feathers of crown and nape directed towards mid-line and elongated to form a tall crest
  • Mostly black plumage with some purple and green iridescence
  • White patches on lower ear-coverts and on side of breast
  • Brown wing with pale buff inner webs on primaries
  • Wedge-shaped tail purple-tinged black
  • Brown eye
  • Dark bare skin around eye
  • Cream-coloured bill
  • Yellow bill.

Sexes similar. Juveniles undescribed.


Endemic to Seram in the Moluccas, Indonesia.
A poorly known, uncommon restricted-range species.


This is a monotypic species.
May form a superspecies with Sulawesi Myna and Helmeted Myna.


Forest and montanes. Also in secondary forest, lightly wooded cultivation and gardens. Occurs mostly at 200 - 900m.


Feeds probably on fruit.
Recorded singly, in pairs and in gardens together with Moluccan Starling.
Breeding recorded in July. Obviously monogamous. No more information about breeding.
A resident species.


  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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