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Acridotheres cristatellus

Basic information
Scientific name Acridotheres cristatellus (No picture)
Common names Crested myna, Chinese crested myna, Chinese jungle myna, Tufted myna, Chinese starling
Higher taxon Sturnidae, Passeriformes, Aves
Natural range C to S continental China, Taiwan, Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos
Habitat Urban area with some trees, reed bed, riverside, grassland, farm area, etc.
Invasion information
Range in Japan There are records of breeding in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Osaka, and Hyogo Prefs., and occurrence in Fukushima, Aichi, Kyoto, Wakayama, Kagawa, and Kagoshima. At least in Hyogo and Kanagawa Prefs., breedings were recorded in 1990s. Occurrence records in Sakishima Islands (Ishigaki and Yonaguni Is.) exist, but whether artificial introduction or natural dispersal is unclear. Range in Japan
Origin Unknown.
Date Imported for pet animal since mid-age. Breedings of wild populations have been observed in 1970s at Kyoto, and since 1980s at Kanagawa.
Route Deliberate: Escape or release of pet animal. Sakishima Islands population is possibly due to natural dispersal.
Impact Unknown impact.
Regulation in Japan No action for prevention, mitigation, control, or eradication.
Introduced range in other countries Malaysia, Philippine, Indonesia, Portugal, Argentine
Reference Notes
  • Biodiversity Center of Japan (ed) (2004) National Survey on the Natural Environment (Accessed on 2012-6-07) (in Jpn)
  • Eguchi & Amano (2004) Spread of exotic birds in Japan. Ornithol Sci. 3, 3-12.
  • Eguchi & Fujimaki (eds) (2000) Check-List of Japanese Birds Sixth Revised Edition. The Ornithological Society of Japan, Tokyo (in Jpn)
  • Feare et al. (1998) Starlings & Mynas. Christopher Helm, London.
  • Higuchi et al. (eds) (1997) The Encyclopedia of Animals in Japan 4 Birds II. Heibonsha, Tokyo (in Jpn)
  • Kawakami & Kanouchi (2012) The Handbook of Introduced Birds in Japan. Bun-ichi Sogo Shuppan, Tokyo (in Jpn)
  • Lepage (ed) (2003-2012) Avibase – the world bird database (Accessed on 2012-6-18)
  • etc.