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Photo © by Don Gato
Flores Island, Indonesia, October 2006

Alternative names: Buton Starling; Buton Myna; Sulawesi Magpie

Streptocitta albicollis


ssp torquata
Photo © by martinuk
Dumoga Bone National Park, Sulawesi Utara, Indonesia, September 2009

50cm, 19¾ in; (including tail 25-30cm). A large myna with a very long tail.

  • Black head, glossed purple, with short crest
  • White mantle and breast forming a broad collar
  • Black rest of plumage with steel-blue and green iridiscence
  • Black wing with purple sheen
  • Black, very long and graduated tail
  • Brown eye surrounded by dark bare skin
  • Black bill, with yellow tip in albicollis and all-black in torquata

Sexes similar. Juveniles have a smaller crest, a shorter tail and (in albicollis) less yellow on bill.


Endemic to Sulawesi and some adjacent islands, Indonesia. Has been recorded on Flores.
Poorly known but obviously widespread and common.


May form a superspecies with Bare-eyed Myna.


Two subspecies recognized[1]:

  • S.a.torquata in northern Sulawesi, Lembeh Island and Togian Islands
  • S.a.albicollis in southernSulawesi, Muna and Butung islands


Primary and secondary forest. Occurs from sea-level up to 1200m.


Usually seen in small groups of two or three birds, sometimes up to five. Joins mixed-species flocks.


Feeds mainly on fruit. Takes also invertebrates and sometimes small vertebrates (lizards).


Breeding season September to October. Presumably a monogamous species. Nest in holes in dead trees. No other information.


Presumably 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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