Goldencrested myna

Ampeliceps coronatus subfamily

Sturninae taxonomy

Ampeliceps coronatus Blyth, 1842. other common names

English: Gold-crested myna; French: Martin couronné; German: Kronenatzel; Spanish: Maina de Cresta Dorada.

physical characteristics

7.5-8.3 in (19-21 cm); weight 2.8-3.5 oz (78-99 g). Glossy black plumage with yellow crown, crest, orbital skin, throat, and base of primaries. Bill yellow and gray; legs orange-brown.

distribution

South Asia from northeastern India to Burma, northern Malaya, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam; birds in southern China may be escapees.

habitat

Dense lowland evergreen and moist deciduous forest; open forest and cultivated areas with tall trees.

Gracula religiosa I Resident behavior

Favors the forest canopy; usually found in pairs or small groups.

feeding ecology and diet

Diet seems to include primarily fruit, but also insects obtained in the forest canopy.

reproductive biology

A cavity nester; nests found April-May, and juveniles in April-June. The female incubates a clutch of up to four blue-green eggs for about 14-15 days; males may assist in feeding young which fledge at about 25-26 days.

conservation status

Not threatened.

significance to humans None known. ♦

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