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Bare-eyed Myna Streptocitta albertinae
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This species has a highly restricted range, within which it is uncommon and local. It is therefore likely to have a moderately small global population size, which is likely to be declining owing to habitat loss. It is apparently tolerant of secondary and degraded habitats, suggesting that it is not at imminent risk, and 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
Streptocitta albertinae occurs in the Sula (restricted to Taliabu and Mangole only) and Banggai Islands, Indonesia.

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

Trend justification
Slight declines are suspected to be occurring as a result of forest clearance within parts of the range.

This species is found in tall trees in lowland forest and agricultural land up to 250 m. It appears to be more tolerant of degraded forest than Helmeted Myna Basilornis galeatus, but it is uncommon, occurs over a smaller area and has a narrower elevational range.

This species is likely to be affected by forest clearance and degradation as a result of logging activities and agricultural conversion. However, it is apparently tolerant of secondary and heavily degraded habitats, suggesting that declines are unlikely to be severe.

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. Effectively protect significant areas of suitable forest at key sites, in both strictly protected areas and community-led multiple use areas.

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., Mahood, S.

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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Streptocitta albertinae. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016.

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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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Near Threatened
Family Sturnidae (Starlings)
Species name author (Schlegel, 1866)
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 3,400 km2
Country endemic? Yes
Links to further information
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