Indian Myna

The Indian Myna (Acridotheres tristis) is a medium-sized bird. It is also known as the Common Myna. It is in the Sturnidae family of starlings and mynas.  

The Indian Mynah has a brown body, a black hooded head, and a bare yellow patch behind its eyes. Its beak and legs are bright yellow. There is a white patch on the outer primary feathers. The wing lining on the underside is white. 

The Indian Myna is native to Asia, in countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia. It prefers open woodlands.

It is omnivorous, feeding on insects, spiders, crustaceans, seeds, grains, and fruit. It also eats grasshoppers.

The Indian Myna is often seen in pairs, but roosts in colonies. The female lays 4-6 eggs, which hatch after 17-18 days. The chicks gain their feathers by 24 days. It generally does not make its own nest – it uses the nests of woodpeckers, or parakeets. 

Indian Myna
Indian Myna
Indian Myna
Indian Myna
Indian Myna
Indian Myna
Indian Myna
Indian Myna
Indian Myna
Indian Myna
Indian Myna

[Location of photographs: Phnom Penh, Cambodia and Tashkent, Uzbekistan]

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

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