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Common Myna

Common Myna
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-01-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-02-27 14:25
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Points: 42
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Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Sturnidae
Genus: Acridotheres
Species:A. tristis

The Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis), sometimes spelled Mynah, is a member of the family Sturnidae (starlings and mynas) native to Asia. An omnivorous open woodland bird with a strong territorial instinct, the Myna has adapted extremely well to urban environments.
The Common Myna is an important motif in Indian culture and appears both in Sanskrit and Prakrit literature. "Myna" is derived from the Hindi language mainā which itself is derived from Sanskrit madanā.
The range of the Common Myna is increasing at such a rapid rate that in 2000 the IUCN Species Survival Commission declared it one of the world's most invasive species and one of only three birds in the top 100 species that pose an impact to biodiversity, agriculture and human interests.In particular, the species poses a serious threat to the ecosystems of Australia where it was named "The Most Important Pest/Problem"
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.
The Common Myna obeys Gloger's rule in that the birds from northwest India tend to be paler than their darker counterparts in South India.
It is a species of bird native to Asia with its initial home range spanning from Iran, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka; as well as Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Myanmar, to Malaysia, Singapore, peninsular Thailand, Indo-China and China.
The Myna has been introduced in many other parts of the world such as Canada, Australia, Israel, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Hawaii, South Africa, and islands in the Indian Ocean (Seychelles, Mauritius, Maldives, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep archipelago and also in islands of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The range of the Common Myna is increasing to the extent that in 2000 the IUCN Species Survival Commission declared it among the World's 100 worst invasive species.


La Maina comune, Acridotheres tristis (Linnaeus 1766), è uno sturnide originario dell’Asia
centro-meridionale e dell’India, lungo circa 25 cm, robusto, simile ad un grosso storno o ad un
merlo. Presenta testa, gola e petto nero lucido, ventre, sottocoda e bordo delle timoniere bianchi,
oltre ad una macchia bianca alla base delle primarie. Il resto del piumaggio è bruno rossiccio. Becco
e zampe sono giallo brillante, così come un’area nuda sotto e dietro l’occhio. La specie non
presenta dimorfismo sessuale.
Acridotheres, dal greco, significa “cacciatore di cavallette”, riferimento alla dieta insettivora di
questo volatile che si nutre principalmente di invertebrati come larve di coleotteri e lepidotteri, insetti adulti, ragni, lumache, ma anche di frutta e semi, piccoli rettili, uova e nidiacei diuccelli,nonché di carcasse di piccoli animali. E’ una specie che ben si adatta agli ambienti antropici e di campagna aperta.Solitamente tende a camminare piuttosto che saltare. Come molti uccelli territoriali emette un canto molto potente, che dura dai 5 ai 15 minuti, udibile soprattutto il mattino presto. Il repertorio di suoni è molto ampio e va dal canto melodioso a versi gracchianti, gorgheggi, schiocchi e fischi. La specie è molto rumorosa anche quando si raccoglie nei dormitori comuni. Predilige le zone rurali e nidifica sia in cavità d’alberi che sugli edifici, deponendo in mediaquattro uova a covata, spesso crescendo due nidiate l’anno. Nell’areale di origine viene utilizzata per difendere le coltivazioni
dagli insetti dannosi di cui si nutre, motivo per cui è ben vista dagli agricoltori, oltre ad essere
spesso usata come animale domestico per la sua intelligenza e la sua capacità di imparare a ripetere
vocaboli e suoni. (fonte : natura mediterraneo)

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Hello Mr.,
照的清晰 很漂亮的八哥鳥
顏色華麗 光線亮麗
翅膀的花紋脈絡 很有層次感的美麗
還有這個角度很棒 很有境界的照法 翠綠樹葉更是很搭配 很漂亮的作品
構圖美麗 背景深遂

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  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [2014-02-27 19:21]

A very elegant composition, Luciano. The freshness of the green and yellow palm leaves harmonizes with the beak, legs and the area around the eyes of this beautiful Acridotheres tristis. The blackish shades, and grayish provide a sobriety that determine a perfect color balance. On the other hand, you have left, more free space to the right, behind the eye of the bird, brings originality to the whole.

Well done friend!

Hernán Bortondello

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-02-27 19:46]

Hello Luciano,
I must admit I have never seen one of these beautiful birds in the wild, therefore I must rely on photos like yours. I love the POV you chose which gives us great look at it's attractive plumage from a different angle.
The coal black head with that yellow eye patch captures your attention immediately. You have obtained outstanding detail and the exposure is right on the money. TFS.

Hello Luciano

Great photo of the Common Myna, fine POV from behind and the way
it is framed with where he is posed it gives perspective effect to the photo,
great DOF, great focus, sharpness, details, and contrast,
if you could obtain details on the over exposed whites parts
of the image, the photo it would be even greater, TFS


Ciao Luciano, gran bella cattura, sei diventato proprio bravo anche con gli uccelli, complimenti, bei dettagli, ottima nitidezza e splendidi colori, buon week end piovoso ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-02-28 2:03]

Hello Luciano,
Excellent photo of this Common Myna. Great sharpness, details and beautiful contrasting colours. Nice matching surroundings.

Hello Luciano,
Yes,very common of this Common Myna here in our area.Even every morning at the time of my Coffee,they wait for Biscuit.
Well captured with splendid colour and details on plumage.Nice pose on Coconut Tree.Well done.
Thanks for sharing,

These birds are so very common in our country I avoid taking their pictures, Luciano. The prejudice is baseless, but I can't help it. For you, on the contrary, it must be a novel experience to shoot one.
The picture is technically perfect with great POV, sharpness and natural colours.

Hello Luciano,

Hope you are well and life is good. This is a wonderful shot of this lovely myna. You know English and other European imperial powers smuggled this bird from India and Pakistan and introduced in Europe and Africa if I am not hundred per cent wrong.It is an invasive species and has become a nuisance in most places but I love this bird and your photo of it.
Thanks a lot for sharing, take care,

warm regards,


hallo Luciano
great sharpness and nice composition in to the palm
good light and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Luciano. Sovraesposta a mio parere ma molto valida. Ottima resa dei colori e buon dettaglio. Profondità super.



Hello Luciano,
Lovely image of Myna in fine details.

Hello Luciano,
Bird acquaintance. Plumage very interesting. Great presentation starling.

Hello Luciano.
I see you post a splendid photo with a nice bird. Perfect focus and lovely colors. Excellent contrast against the green background and fantastic sharp details. The information about this specie you post are useful and interesting. I did not know the species poses a serious threat to the ecosystems......
Thanks for sharing!

Buono dettaglio piume.

** Salam , Ciao Luciano,

Nice to meet you here in TN,

Very great friend , with your great gallery

about Nature,

very nice work with nice text,

It seems you have a great knowledge about

wildlife and Nature ,

well done friend and God bless you ,

Saluti e Dio sia con Te ***

Regards, Omid -I.R.IR

Olá Luciano bela foto de qualidade excelente nitidez e cores muito bem registrada ótimo trabalho parabéns.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2014-03-16 3:29]

Hi Luciano,

The environment of the palm tree adds much to this elegant bird. Nice colors and good sharpness in this shot. My compliments.


These make GREAT PETS though a bit dirty due to the soft food they eat.
They mimic the human voice almost, "ALMOST" to perfection even when captured ADULT and caged. Was born in Goa India and am quite familiar with this species.
The colours are well balanced.
Sharp and well focused.
Mario with best regards.

Hi Luciano, I missed this lovely bird image. Very special way to present this Comment Myna. I like the form of the leaves and the perspective shows the elegance of the bird. The few dried plant stems in the FG has a nice effect to the composition. Great clarity and details. Thank for sharing

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