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Common Myna

Acridotheres tristis


The Common Myna is readily identified by the brown body, black hooded head and the bare yellow patch behind the eye. The bill and legs are bright yellow. There is a white patch on the outer primaries and the wing lining on the underside is white. The sexes are similar and birds are usually seen in pairs. (From Wikipedia)


This abundant passerine is typically found in open woodland, cultivation and around habitation. (From Wikipedia)

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Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 years ago

They are considered an invasive species and a pest here in Australia, and that's a pity cos I really like these birds. One thing I try to notice is how territorial they are, and where their territories are. I see these guys at the complex where I work, and it has a lot of large trees and a wetland area. Myna's live on one side of the wetland pond, and Australian Miners live on the other. There is a street light pole where one territory ends and the other begins. In over 10 years I have never seen the oppositions bird on the opposing side, and I have never seen them fight, ever! Strange. I can listen to Common Myna's all day - they have the most amazing vocal range of chirps, trills, clicks, and a variety of pretty songs. Pest or not, I like them :)

Hariprasad V N
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Hariprasad V N

Ottappalam, Kerala, India

Spotted on Jun 15, 2014
Submitted on Jun 17, 2014

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