Common Myna

Acridotheres tristis
Common Myna | Acridotheres tristis
Common Myna | Acridotheres tristis
   
Common Myna | Acridotheres tristis
   
Common Myna | Acridotheres tristis
   
Common Myna | Acridotheres tristis
   
Common Myna | Acridotheres tristis
   
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The common myna (Acridotheres tristis) is an invasive bird indigenous to India, as well as central and southern Asia. Medium-sized birds, brown with a shiny black head and shoulders. The bill and patch of bare skin around the eyes are bright yellow with the legs and feet a slightly duller yellow. White wing patches are visible in flight. The tail is black with a white tip. These birds are common in urban areas and farmland close to buildings. It nests in man-made structures or tree cavities and may oust native species to do so.

Additional Info

  • Common Name: Common Myna
  • Botanical name: Acridotheres tristis
  • Legal Status: NEMBA Category 3
  • Where does this species come from?:

    The Common myna is a native of India, east and west Pakistan and Burma.

  • Why is it a problem?:

    Common mynas are aggressive and compete for the same resources as indigenous birds. They are also known to eat the eggs and attack the fledglings of other birds.

  • Means of reproduction?:

    Pairs of Common Myna stay together year after year, and keep the same territory. Each pair usually raises two broods a year.

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