Ampeliceps coronatus Blyth, 1842.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: Gold-crested myna; French: Martin couronnй; German: Kronenatzel; Spanish: Mainб de Cresta Dorada.
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.
South Asia from northeastern India to Burma, northern Malaya, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam; birds in southern China may be escapees.
Dense lowland evergreen and moist deciduous forest; open forest and cultivated areas with tall trees.
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.
A cavity nester; nests found April–May, and juveniles in April–June. The female incubates a clutch of up to four bluegreen eggs for about 14–15 days; males may assist in feeding young which fledge at about 25–26 days.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
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