Acridotheres tristis (Myna, Mynah, Indian Myna)
Mynas are medium-sized passerines with strong feet. Their flight is strong and direct, and they are gregarious. Their preferred habitat is fairly open country.
The sexes are similar and birds are usually seen in pairs.
Some mynas are considered talking birds, for their ability to reproduce sounds including human speech when in captivity.
An omnivorous open woodland bird with a strong territorial instinct, the myna has adapted extremely well to urban environments.
- Scientific name: Acridotheres tristis
- Common name: Mynah, Myna, Indian Myna, Selayang
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Chordata
- Class: Aves
- Order: Passeriformes
- Family: Sturnidae
Range: This is a group of passerine birds which are native to southern Asia, especially India.
Habitat: This abundant passerines are typically found in open woodland, cultivation and around habitation. Also, they thrive in urban and suburban environments. They are nuisance to city buildings as their nests block gutters and drainpipes, causing water damage to building exteriors.
Breeding: The common myna is a hollow-nesting species. It nests and breeds in protected hollows found either naturally in trees or artificially on buildings.
Feeding and diet: The Mynas feed on insects, arachnids, crustaceans, reptiles, small mammals, grasshoppers, seeds, grain and fruits that are discarded waste from human habitation.
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