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Alternative name: Makassar Myna

Acridotheres cinereus


25cm. A medium-sized, greyish Myna.

  • head blackish with crest
  • hindneck and upperparts grey, paler on rump
  • wing dark brown with white patch
  • tail brownish-black with white tip
  • chin, throat and breast ashy-grey
  • belly paler buffy grey
  • vent white
  • eye lemon-yellow to brownish-orange
  • bill yellow with small blue-grey patch at base of lower mandible
  • legs yellow

Sexes similar. Juveniles undescribed.


Endemic to south peninsular Sulawesi.
Introduced in Kuching, Borneo.
Locally common, but poorly known. Increasing in Kuching.


This is a monotypic species.
This species has been involved in several rounds of splitting. It has been considered conspecific with Javan Myna and together with the latter it has also been included in Jungle Myna. The name usage is somewhat confused; see the disambiguation page for White-vented Myna


Open areas like paddyfields, villages and cultivated areas. Occurs from lowlands up to 1500m.


Feeds on insects and fruit.
Often seen foraging on the ground among cattle, usually in small groups, also singly or in pairs.
The nest is placed in a tree hole. No other 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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