Crested Myna

Crested Myna
Crested Myna
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Sturnidae
Genus: Acridotheres
Species: A. cristatellus
Binomial name
Acridotheres cristatellus
(Linnaeus, 1766)

The Crested Myna (Acridotheres cristatellus) is a species of starling native to southeastern China and Indochina. Unlike other similar mynas, its bill is dull whitish rather than orange-yellow.

Around 1890, the Crested Myna was introduced into the Vancouver region of British Columbia. It was initially successful, reaching a population in the thousands, without spreading far from the Lower Mainland. By the mid-twentieth century, numbers began declining, and the bird is now extirpated in North America.



  • BirdLife International (2004). Acridotheres cristatellus. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. Retrieved on 12 May 2006. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern

Further reading


  • Johnson, S. R., and R. W. Campbell. 1995. Crested Myna (Acridotheres cristatellus). In The Birds of North America, No. 157 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA, and The American Ornithologists’ Union, Washington, D.C.


  • Tunhikorn S. Ph.D. (1989). Resource partitioning of four sympatric mynas and starlings (Sturnidae) in Thailand. Oregon State University, United States—Oregon.


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  • Gregory-Smith R. (1997). Pale-bellied Myna Acridotheres cinereus in Sarawak. Malayan Nature Journal. vol 50, no 4. pp. 355–356.
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  • Johnson SR & Campbell RW. (1995). Crested Myna Acridotheres cristatellus. Birds of North America. vol 0, no 157. pp. 1–12.
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  • Schmidt RE. (1983). Hyper Mature Cataract in a Crested Myna Leucopsar-Rothschildi. Journal of Wildlife Diseases. vol 19, no 2. pp. 158–159.
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