The Common Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa) is a medium-sized bird. It is related to the starling.
The Common Hill Myna is glossy black with a bright orange-yellow patch of bare skin and fleshy wattles (loose skin) on the side of its head and the back of its neck. Its beak is orange-yellow, and its legs are pale to bright yellow. It has round dark eyes.
It measures about 29 centimetres (11.5 inches) tall.
The Common Hill Myna is native to south Asia and south-east Asia, from Nepal to southern China, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
It is arboreal, living in trees.
It is omnivorous, eating fruit, nectar, and insects.
Like some parrots, it can mimic words and sounds. It hops sideways.
It forms large flocks. It builds a nest in a hole in a tree. The female lays 2-3 eggs.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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