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|Common myna or Indian Myna, sometimes also spelled Mynah (Scientific name: Acridotheres tristis) is a member of 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 myna has been introduced in many other parts of the world and its distribution range is on the increase. It is a serious threat to the ecosystems of Australia. The Common Myna is an important motif in Indian culture and appears both in Sanskrit and Prakrit literature.|
Indian mynas are 23–26 cm long, weigh 82–143 g and have a wing-span of 120–142 mm. Males are slightly larger and heavier than females. Their body is brown, with a glossy black head, neck and upper breast. In Australia, Indian mynas are often confused with the native noisy miner (Manorina melanocephala). However, Indian mynas have distinctive white patches on their wings that are clearly visible in flight. Indian mynas have bright yellow bills, eye skin, legs and feet, and the iris of the adult bird is a reddish brown. Juveniles are duller in colour and have brownish heads.
in Israel, Indian mynas have shown aggressive behaviour towards Syrian woodpeckers.
Worldwide is known as a competitor with native species for food and nesting sites, which transfers the malaria of birds, and cause damage to crops.
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