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An aggressive and confident bird, the common myna has adapted well to the urban environment, making it one of the most abundant and familiar birds in Asia. The word ‘mynah’ has been derived from the Sanskrit word ‘madana’, which draws its inspiration from the English word ‘bubbles’, indicating happiness.Thus, the word ‘mynah’ means ‘brimming with happiness or joy’. The Global Invasive Species Database has listed mynah as the top 100 worst invaders in the world.
Mynah holds different significance for different nations. While it is the national symbol of Bali; in India, it is seen more as a symbol of everlasting love.