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SPECIES INFO

The Long-tailed Myna ( Mino kreffti ) is a member of the starling family. It is resident in the Bismarck Archipelago and northern Solomon Islands. It resembles the Yellow-faced Myna, and the two were formerly considered conspecific.

Its binomial name commemorates Gerard Krefft, Australian zoologist and palaeontologist.

Description

This is a very large myna, 29-32 cm in length, with mainly purple-glossed black plumage. It has bright orange-yellow patches of naked skin around each eye. It has a yellow lower belly and white wing patches, which are obvious in flight. The rump and undertail are white and the strong bill is bright yellow.

Behaviour

The Long-tailed Myna nests in tree holes, often in palms. The eggs are pale blue with delicate reddish or grey markings.

This myna is arboreal, and is found alone or in pairs in open lowland forests and plantations. It feed mainly on fruits and berries. It is a conspicuous and vocal species with a wide range of whistles and squawks.





                                     



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