Grey-backed Myna Acridotheres tricolor

Family: Sturnidae (Starlings)

Authority: (Horsfield, 1821)

Red List Category

Criteria: C2a(i)

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Justification of Red List category
Acridotheres tricolor has been reduced to very low numbers as a result of exploitation for the bird trade. The paucity of records in the field and the increasing rarity of individuals in the cage-bird trade suggest that is suffering an ongoing population decline, to the point where the population is now believed to number fewer than 250 mature individuals. As such, this species qualifies as Critically Endangered, and urgent conservation action is required to halt its unsustainable exploitation for trade.

Population size: 50-249

Population trend: Decreasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 2,500 km2

Country endemic: Yes

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Species factsheet: Acridotheres tricolor. Downloaded from on 19/01/2021. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2021) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 19/01/2021.