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Common Myna

Acridotheres tristis


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.

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50 Comments (1–25)

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

Congratulations on spotting of the week, Atul!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

Congratulations Atul - well deserved ! so happy for you.

Atul 9 years ago

Thank you so much all !

DigantaGogoi 9 years ago

wow congo......!!!!!!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Congratulations Atul!

Arun 9 years ago

Congratulations Atul !!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

Hi Atul, Io need your mynas to help me Id this beetle.

LeanneGardner 9 years ago

Congratulations Atul!

LuisStevens 9 years ago

Congrats Atul! Great shots!

SushilBarai 9 years ago

congrats Atul

Atul 9 years ago

Thank you all :-)

DonnaBollenbach 9 years ago

congrats, beautiful image, the info is very interesting too!

KrantiAzad 9 years ago

congrats Atul !


Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 9 years ago

What a cute pair! Congrats! :)

ToshimiDowaki 9 years ago

Congratulations! Lovely series!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

Congratulations Atul!

Atul 9 years ago

Lovely duttagupta35504 ..... thank you so much for sharing this lovely little chant .... loved it :)

duttagupta35504 9 years ago

My aunt told me this little chant about what you will get with the number of mynahs: One for sorrow, two for joy, three for letter, four for boy, five for silver, six for gold, seven for secrets never to be told. You saw two, and that's most certainly joy with a spotting of the week!

Atul 9 years ago

Thank you all for all those wonderful comments .... its an honor :)

ShashankSrivastava 9 years ago

congrats..! i watch her daily across my garden..!!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 9 years ago

Congos Atul! Nice capture!

Great capture Atul my friend,congrats on the NGSOW,thanks for sharing such a amzing spotting page

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Congratulations Doc :):)

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 9 years ago

Fantastic news. Atul, great! Congratulations!

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Maharashtra, India

Spotted on Feb 3, 2013
Submitted on Mar 15, 2013

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