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Helmeted Myna Basilornis galeatus
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This species has a highly restricted and fragmented range, and it is likely to have a moderately small global population size. Declines are suspected to be occuring owing to habitat loss, although montane populations (and those in secondary habitats) are likely to be relatively secure. It is therefore considered Near Threatened.

Taxonomic source(s)
Sibley, C. G.; Monroe, B. L. 1990. Distribution and taxonomy of birds of the world. Yale University Press, New Haven, USA.

Distribution and population
Basilornis galeatus is restricted to the Banggai (Peleng, Banggai) and Sula Islands (Taliabu, Seho and Mangole), Indonesia.

Population justification
The population size of this species has not been quantified, but it is described as scarce to locally common.

Trend justification
Whilst this species does persist in secondary habitats in some areas, it apparently prefers pristine forests, and is therefore suspected to be declining slowly as a result of habitat loss.

This species inhabits lowland and montane forest and tall trees in reedswamps up to 1,000 m. In the Banggai Islands, at least, it can be found in secondary forests.

This species may be relatively secure in montane regions as a result of the inaccessibility of its habitats to humans. However, in the Sula lowlands it is becoming uncommon and is increasingly vulnerable to the loss of the least disturbed forest, its preferred habitat.

Conservation Actions Underway

Conservation Actions Proposed
Conduct repeated surveys within the range to determine current distribution and abundance, as well as assess population trends and rates of habitat loss. Conduct ecological studies to improve understanding of its precise habitat requirements, particularly tolerance of secondary habitats and response to fragmentation. Protect areas of suitable habitat, particularly in the Sula lowlands, and protect against disturbance and other threats.

BirdLife International. 2001. Threatened birds of Asia: the BirdLife International Red Data Book. BirdLife International, Cambridge, U.K.

del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Christie, D. 2009. Handbook of the Birds of the World, vol. 14: Bush-shrikes to Old World Sparrows. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.

Further web sources of information
Detailed species accounts from the Threatened birds of Asia: the BirdLife International Red Data Book (BirdLife International 2001).

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Text account compilers
Benstead, P., Gilroy, J., Khwaja, N.

IUCN Red List evaluators
Butchart, S., Symes, A.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Basilornis galeatus. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Additional resources for this species

ARKive species - Helmeted myna (Basilornis galeatus) 0

Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Near Threatened
Family Sturnidae (Starlings)
Species name author Meyer, 1894
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 7,800 km2
Country endemic? Yes
Links to further information
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