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Pale-bellied Myna

Acridotheres cinereus

The Pale-bellied Myna, known scientifically as Acridotheres cinereus, is a member of the starling family, Sturnidae. This bird is characterized by its distinctive pale underparts, which contrast with its darker upper body.

Identification Tips

When observing the Pale-bellied Myna, look for its greyish plumage and the paler belly that gives this species its name. The bird's overall appearance is a key identifier, along with its starling-like shape and behavior.

Habitat

This species is endemic to the southwestern peninsula of Sulawesi, where it inhabits the local environment. It has also been introduced to Tawau in Sabah, Borneo.

Distribution

The Pale-bellied Myna is found primarily in the southwestern peninsula of Sulawesi, south from Ranteapo, in Indonesia. Its presence in Tawau, Sabah, is due to introduction by humans.

Conservation status

The IUCN Red List has classified the Pale-bellied Myna as Vulnerable. This status indicates that the species faces a high risk of endangerment in the wild. Conservation efforts are necessary to ensure the survival of this unique bird.

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