Common Myna

Acridotheres tristis

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Starlings (Sturnidae)

Code 4

COMY

Code 6

ACRTRI

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Common Myna is a member of the starling family, and is native to Asia. It is found in Iran, India, Kazakhstan, Malaysia and China, and is frequently referred to as the Indian Myna. This species has successfully been introduced in other regions for pest control, such as in the Hawaiian Islands. They prefer open woodlands, cultivated fields and habituated areas. The Common Myna feeds on worms, grapes, insects and fruit. It is considered a pest in Australia, as is eats the blueberry crops frequently. The conservation rating of the Common Myna is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Common Myna: This large stocky starling has a black hood and a patch of bright yellow bare skin behind the eye. Overall body plumage is chocolate-brown, but the under tail and tip of the upper tail and wing patches are white. It has a yellow bill and legs. It feeds on invertebrates and fruits. It mostly walks on the ground, with short rapid flights. Sexes are similar.

 

Range and Habitat

Common Myna: Native to Asia, ranging from Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan eastwards through India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to China and Indochina. Has a close association with human habitation. Found wherever man is within its range. Occurs in open country, such as cultivated areas, floodplains and grasslands, also abundant in towns and cities, around parks, gardens and refuse dumps.

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Common Myna SONGS AND CALLS

Common Myna A1

Clicks and calls from a pair.

Common Myna A2

Song is a collection of harsh calls and rattles mixed with melodic phrases.

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INTERESTING FACTS

  • It forages on the ground among grass for insects, especially for grasshoppers. Its genus name Acridotheres, means "grasshopper hunter".
  • It is known to maintain up to two roosts simultaneously; a temporary summer roost close to a breeding site, and a permanent all-year roost where the female broods and incubates overnight.
  • The Common Myna was first described in 1766 by Carolus Linnaeus, Swedish botanist, physician and zoologist.
  • A group of mynas are collectively known as a "local" and a "statutory" of mynas.

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RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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RANGE MAP HAWAII

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This map shows how this species is distributed across the Hawaiian island.

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TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Dwight Kirkland

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