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Common Myna (bald)

Acridotheres tristis


The head is almost just the skull but the bird was healthy, actively stalking and flying strongly. Normally chocolate coloured feathers would have covered the head.


Urban residential area.


I have seen such birds elsewhere too: During my research days, there was this very aggressive crow that had learnt to snatch discarded pesticide-treated was bald. Such is NOT the case here. Adding some notes on Baldness in Birds: Cause, partial moulting, mites, injury, poor nutrition, pollution, genetics even OVER-preening by mate...all may be reasons.

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mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah a year ago

Very interesting. Well, good for them, I guess! Hahah.

SukanyaDatta a year ago

Thanks mauna...apparently the baldness in the common myna happens quite often and researchers still have not agreed over the WHY. Doesn't affect romance and starting a family though.

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah a year ago

Woah! This is quite a find, Sukanya.

SukanyaDatta a year ago

Thank you, Mark and Neil.

SukanyaDatta a year ago

Baldness in birds happens and apparently common mynas are most affected...I will post some it is a common symptom of pesticide poisoning.@ Maria dB.

Maria dB
Maria dB a year ago

Interesting spotting. I wonder if the bird was molting or there was some other reason for a lack of head feathers.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a year ago

I've never seen a bald myna either. The new look ;) Nice spotting, Sukanya.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

Aha !! So that's what they look like underneath. Love the little tuft.
A yellow dinosaur. They are taking over here but I will look at them in a new light.

AshleyT a year ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

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Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Spotted on Jun 24, 2019
Submitted on Jun 24, 2019

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