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jungle myna

Acridotheres fuscus

Description:

This birds is grey, darker on the head and wings with a yellow bill.They are usually found close to water or rice fields. The southern Indian race has a blue iris.Like most starlings, the Jungle Myna is fairly omnivorous, eating fruit, grain and insects.

Habitat:

This bird is a common resident breeder in tropical southern Asia from Bangladesh, Pakistan, India and Burma east to Indonesia.

Notes:

the bird can be seen in 100's in kodaikanal

15 Comments

sriyaprasanna
sriyaprasanna 9 years ago

I must be thanking you. This has actually given Vikas ( my 1 year old son ) a wonderful opportunity for discussion. He has spotted and identified 470 birds so far only in India .If this is a WBM then it is yet another bird to add on and a discussion that he will hold close to his heart.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Thanks and Welcome Sriya...
Its must be confirmed with bird specialist. Our Bird specialist Malcolm is on tour and not able to check spottings. He helped me on identifying many my spottings. Another expert Liam must watch this spottings. You and me must trust on him.

sriyaprasanna
sriyaprasanna 9 years ago

Thank You, Have done it. If your Id is true , then this is the first time he has seen this bird. And this is also a record as it is not found in this habitat ( western Ghats ) Vikas's sighting becomes a record sighting

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

No need to send.. just edit spotting and upload as another picture. We can upload 6 pictures in same spotting.

sriyaprasanna
sriyaprasanna 9 years ago

How do I send the cropped image. Under the same caption or ? Kly guide me

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Hi Sriya In both links Bird seen in darker plumage than your spotted bird. Might be your picture is over exposed. Can you crop image and uploade as separate image.

sriyaprasanna
sriyaprasanna 9 years ago

Here is the 1 st experts comment for the same picture taht I posted .
" Jungle myna. "A. f. Mahrattensis, of w. Peninsula has browner upperparts than nominate and gray or bluish-white (rather than yellow) iris. Cultivation near well-wooded areas, and edges of habitation''. From Inskipp. "

sriyaprasanna
sriyaprasanna 9 years ago

Here is the link
http://orientalbirdimages.org/search.php...

In the link below the photographer mentions its iris colour
http://www.google.co.in/imgres?num=10&am...

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Hi Shriya... I think everyone is learning at every stage of life. Here are some experts at early age with hard work of study in wildlife. Please mark a reference website where you find matching bird.

sriyaprasanna
sriyaprasanna 9 years ago

Got the confirmation this morning. This is Jungle Myna Juvenile .His explanation is -" Juveniles are browner than adults and have all yellow bill". This is second experts opinion " Has browner upperparts than nominate and gray or bluish-white (rather than yellow) iris." I would like to thank Nimkar , for raising the suspicion else would not have taken / put in so much of an effort. However it is still open for comments , suggestion .This was a learning for my 12 year old.

sriyaprasanna
sriyaprasanna 9 years ago

I have sent the picture to my son's mentor at Oman , will get back once he confirms on the ID. If you look at the distribution of PBM , it is not found in India , it is found in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Christmas Is. While this picture was taken in Kodaikanal ( Western Ghats ) None the less , there is no harm in debating . Could it because of the lighting .

The Jungle Myna has a blue iris and this bird does have a blue iris.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

If you check my spotting how a Jungle Myna look alike.
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/785...
Head part do not much darker than other other part of body in plumage.

sriyaprasanna
sriyaprasanna 9 years ago

Pale Bellied and Bank Myna are two different Mynas right. I should ask my son when he gets back as to how? why he identified it as Jungle Myna .My guess is he saw it in Kodaikanal ,this could be the prime reason for the Id as Jungle myna

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

For correction... This is Pale bellied Myna... Sriya this spotting is great record...!!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Look to be Bank Myna.

sriyaprasanna
Spotted by
sriyaprasanna

Tamil Nadu, India

Spotted on Apr 6, 2012
Submitted on Jul 20, 2012

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