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Peleng ,Banggai Archipelago, Indonesia, January 2010

Alternative names: Suly Myna; Greater King Starling

Basilornis galeatus


25cm (9.4-9-8 in). A distinctive myna.

  • Slightly iridescent black plumage
  • Pale yellow bill
  • Large white and buff patches on the side of the neck and breast
  • Feathers of forehead, crown and nape pointed inward with central ones longer to form a distinct iridescent purple-black crest

Sexes similar. Juveniles have a shorter, duller crest, a brown chin, and a dark upper bill.


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


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


Forest; also found in disturbed and cultivated areas and in mangroves. Occurs up to 1000m.


Usually found in pairs, but also flocks; frequents tall trees.


Only known to take fruit and berries from canopy to midlevels of trees.


No information about breeding.


A resident species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. 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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