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Photo © by THE_FERN. Road between Lake Tambing and Sedoa, Lore Lindu Indonesia, July 2023

Alternative names: Celebes Myna; Sulawesi Crested Myna; Sulawesi King Starling; Short-crested Myna

Basilornis celebensis


25cm. A distinctive Myna.

  • Rigid crest formed by feathers of forehead, crown and nape
  • head glossy violet-blue
  • lower ear-coverts with White patch
  • upperparts and underparts black with green iridescence on feather tips
  • side of breast has a white patch
  • eye brown-red
  • bill ale greenish-blue
  • legs lemon-yellow

Sexes similar. Juveniles are chocolate-brown and appear streaked on underparts.


Found on Sulawesi, Indonesia and adjacent islands (Lembeh, Muna and Buton).
A restricted-range species. Population size unknown, reported as rare to not uncommon.


Photo by mehdhalaouate
North Sulawesi, Indonesia, October 2005

This is a monotypic species.
May form a superspecies with Helmeted Myna and Long-crested Myna.


Primary rainforest and woodland. Also seen in secondary forest, forest edge and clearings. Occurs up to 1200m, mostly below 1000m.


Omnivorous. Feeds on fruit and animal matter (invertebrates and small vertebrates).
No information about breeding.
Presumably 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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