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Common Mynah

Common Mynah
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-02-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 18-200 Zoom F3.5-6.3 DC
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-04-24 7:01
Viewed: 4377
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Common Mynah seen in my native place in the hills is a racuous, healthy and glossy bird that likes to live near human habitation.
I shot this specimen one early morning in late February when the sun had just risen in the eatern sky bright after the night-long rain. I took this shot hand-held from a distance of about 3 meters.

The Common Myna or Indian Myna (Acridotheres tristis) also sometimes spelled Mynah, is a member of the starling family. It is a species of bird native to Asia with its initial home range spanning from Iran, India and Kazakhstan to Malaysia and China.
An omnivorous open woodland bird with a strong territorial instinct, the Myna has adapted extremely well to urban environments.

The Myna has been introduced in many other parts of the world and its distribution range is on the increase to an extent that in 2000 the IUCN Species Survival Commission (IUCN) declared it as one of the just three birds among the World's 100 worst invasive species. It is a serious threat to the ecologies of Australia.


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 race found in Sri Lanka, melanosternus is darker than the widespread nominate race. The sexes are similar and birds are usually seen in pairs.


The calls includes croaks, squawks, chirps, clicks and whistles, and the bird often fluffs its feathers and bobs its head in singing. The Common Myna screeches warnings to its mate or other birds in cases of predators in proximity or when its about to take off flying. Common Mynas are popular as cage birds for their singing and "speaking" abilities. They are believed to mate for life. They breed through much of the year depending on the location, building their nest in a hole in a tree or wall. The normal clutch is 46 eggs. The Asian Koel is sometimes brood parasitic on this species.

Like most starlings, the Common Myna is omnivorous. It feeds on insects and fruits and discarded waste from human habitation. It forages on the ground among grass for insects, and especially for grasshoppers, from which it gets the generic name Acridotheres, "grasshopper hunter". It walks on the ground with occasional hops.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-04-24 7:31]

Hi Ram,very very nice pic,the light don't help,but you manage very well the time of exposure for a good result.Excellent details and colors,my best compliments,have a nice weekend and thanks to shoe me this beauty,Luciano

Dear Ram Sir,
Wonderful POV for Common Mynah against OOF dark BG where it stands out very well. Excellent sharpness, lighting & details. TFS

Hi Mr. Ram,
A nice capture of this beautiful common myna. Sharp details and a good composition. A bit of noise in the BG but it is manageable with some pp work. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-04-24 12:05]

Hi Ram,
Lovely capture.I liked especially use of light a lot.Details,POV and composition are also perfect.
Thanks for posting.

Hallo Ram
Very nice image. I like especially the light. Also nice blured background and quite good sharpness. Nicely composed photo with main object on the left side. Maybe you could do a little noise reduction in background

Hello Ram Sir,

Interesting POV, looks like its listening to some conversation and is very much interested in it :)

I just tried a WS as there was some noise in the background, pardon my liberties. Hope I did it right!

Thank you

Hi Sir,
I'm sorry for being so inconsistent, but you know the reasons...its getting to me now. Its one thing to suffer, another to see someone you love.
As usual, you make things very common look beautiful,sir. You've used the (harsh)light to your advantage.

The notes have been prepared and presented with METICULAS care.
The word "Mynah" also means "month" in Hindustani. Wonder how it was given this name? Did it, perhaps, have something to do with the advent of the Monsoon Rains?
Excellent sharpness & focusing. From 3 meters? About 20 feet. They take-off quite easily.... I know.... was born in Goa, India. Had them as pets. They mimic human speech very easily if taken from the nest and hand-raised. They also return home to roost. Their biggest enemy is MAN.
Best regards from your jath-wallah,
P.S. Ram.... hope you don't mind.... but, I'm going to W/S it.
Am going to encrease the exposure levels in some areas & reduce them in others to balance out the colours of the MOST BEAUTIFUL bird from my beloved India.... besides the peacock, of course.

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