About
Animal Facts
Common Name:
Golden-crested Myna
Scientific Name:
Ampeliceps coronatus
Behavior:
  • Feeds actively on the ground searching for fruit and insects.
  • Their nests are built in holes or cavities in trees, cliffs, and even roofs.
  • Their own call has been described as sounding like a goat.
Diet:
Omnivore
Weight:
3 oz
Length:
8.5 in
Life Span:
17 yrs
Gestation Period:
14 days
Number of Young:
3-5 eggs
Habitats:
  • Forest
Fun Facts:
  • Myna are excellent mimics and copy sounds, other bird calls, and even people.
  • The word "myna" is derived from two Sanskrit words meaning "bubbling with joy".
  • Easily spotted due to its bright yellow crest.
  • Their natural call, which can be heard in the Aviary, sounds like the bleat of a goat.
Threats:
  • Habitat Loss
Endangered Status
Endangered Status
  • Extinct in Wild (EW)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Not Evaluated (NE)

These birds are cavity nesters. Keepers provide “cavities” in the form of nest boxes at preferred heights so the birds feel safe and secure while nesting.

The Aviary design replicates a tropical rain forest. Mimicking their natural habitats has allowed birds to exhibit natural behaviors like courtship, successful breeding, and raising of young. LISTEN for their calls and LOOK for nests and courtship behaviors on your visit to the Aviary.

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This species is cooperatively managed as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan program program. This program is responsible for developing a Breeding and Transfer Plan for each species in the program.