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Alternative names: Fiery-browed Starling; Flame-browed Starling; Celebes Myna

Enodes erythrophris


27cm. A medium-sized starling with a long, strongly graduated tail and a distinctive coloured plumage.

  • Bright orange-red band from nares backwards over and behind eye
  • Black patch below and behind eye
  • Dark charcoal-grey rest of head and upperparts
  • Golden-yellow rump
  • Olive-green to olive-brown wings
  • Brown tail tinged with olive-yellow
  • Charcoal-grey underparts except golden-yellow thighs and undertail-coverts
  • Pale yellow or sepia eye
  • Black bill
  • Sulphur-yellow eye

Sexes similar. Juveniles are browner, the superciliary stripe is narrower and more yellow than orange-red.


Endemic to Sulawesi, Indonesia.
A generally common and widespread restricted-range species.


Regarded as monotypic by some authorities[1], others[2] recognize three subspecies:

  • E. e. erythrophris in northern Sulawesi
  • E. e. centralis in north-central and southeastern Sulawesi
  • E. e. leptorhynchus in central Sulawesi


Montane forest, also lowland and elfin moss forest. Sometimes at forest edge or in selectively logged areas.
Most numerous at 1000 - 1500m, but occurs up to 2300m.


Usually seen in pairs or trios, sometimes in bigger flocks.
Associates with Sulawesi Myna and Finch-billed Myna at fruiting trees.


Omnivorous, feeds on fruit and invertebrates.


No information about breeding. Probably breeds in tree holes.


A resident species with some local movements.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  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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