Long-crested Myna Basilornis corythaix

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A glossy-black starling with a unique, tall, permanently raised vertical crest. Also note the separate whitish markings on the sides of the breast and cheeks, and the pale skin around the eye. Occurs in forest and wooded areas of the lowlands and hills, where usually encountered in pairs or small groups in the canopy. Silhouette makes it unmistakable in its very limited range on the island of Seram. Calls include raucous, screeching “weet” notes; softer, well spaced piping notes; metallic “plink” notes; and “yee-ow” phrases.

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