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Common Myna Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Iao Park, Maui, Hawaii
GPS: 20.9N, -156.5W, elev=934' MAP
Date: October 12, 2007
ID : 5744 [3888 x 2592]

Common Myna Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Iao Park, Maui, Hawaii
GPS: 20.9N, -156.5W, elev=934' MAP
Date: October 12, 2007
ID : 5745 [3888 x 2592]

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Common Myna Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Iao Park, Maui, Hawaii
GPS: 20.9N, -156.5W, elev=934' MAP
Date: October 12, 2007
ID : 5740 [3888 x 2592]

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SPECIES INFO

The Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis), is a myna, a member of the starling family. This bird is a common resident breeder in tropical southern Asia from Afghanistan to India and Sri Lanka. It is also known as the Indian Myna and as the Talking Myna for its ability to mimic human speech.

It has extended its range into Southeast Asia, and has been introduced widely elsewhere, including South Africa, Israel, Hawaii, North America (especially in south Florida), Australia, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates.

This abundant passerine is typically found in open woodland, cultivation and around habitation. The Common Myna builds a nest in hole in a tree or wall. The normal clutch is 4-6 eggs.

Although this is an adaptable species, its population has been decreasing significantly in Singapore and Malaysia due to competition with its cousin, the introduced Javan Myna [citation needed].

This 25-cm-long bird has dark brown body and wing plumage, with large white wing patches obvious in flight. The head and throat are dark grey. The bill, bare skin around the eyes and strong legs are bright yellow. The sexes are similar. Mynas mate for life.

Like most starlings, the Common Myna is omnivorous. It feeds on insects and fruits and discarded waste from human habitation. It forages on the ground among grass for insects, and especially for grasshoppers, from which it gets the generic name Acridotheres, "grasshopper hunter". It walks on the ground with occasional hops.

The song includes croaks, squawks, chirps, clicks and whistles, and the bird often fluffs its feathers and bobs its head in singing. The Common Myna screeches warnings to its mate or other birds in cases of predators in proximity. Common Mynas are popular as cage birds for their singing and "speaking" abilities.



                                     




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