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|The Common Myna, Acridotheres tristis,|
is a myna, a member of the starling family. This bird
is a common resident breeder in tropical southern Asia
from Afghanistan to India and Sri Lanka. It is also
known as the Indian Myna or Talking Myna for its
ability to mimic human speech.
It has extended its range into southeast Asia, and has
been introduced widely elsewhere, including South
Africa, Hawaii, North America (in the Vancouver,
British Columbia area), Australia (where it is
considered to be one of the most invasive pests and
voted one of the most unpopular) and New Zealand.
This abundant passerine is typically found in open
woodland, cultivation and around habitation. The
Common Myna builds a nest in hole in a tree or wall.
The normal clutch is 4-6 eggs. They are popular as
cage birds for their singing and "speaking" abilities.
These 25 cm long birds have brown body and wing
plumage, with large white wing patches obvious in
flight. The head and throat are dark grey. The bill,
bare skin around the eyes and strong legs are bright
yellow. The sexes are similar. Mynas mate for life.
They strut in walking, hopping usually only to jump up
or down. Their songs include croaks, squawks, chirps,
clicks and whistles and they often fluff their
feathers and bob their heads in singing. They screech
warnings to their mates or other birds in cases of
predators in proximity.
Like most starlings, the Common Myna is omnivorous.
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