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Common Myna



Some interesting information about the bird:

  1. The calls includes croaks, squawks, chirps, clicks and whistles, and the bird often fluffs its feathers and bobs its head in singing.
  2. Common Mynas are popular as cage birds for their singing and "speaking" abilities.
  3. Before sleeping in communal roosts, mynas vocalise in unison, which is known as "communal noise".
  4. It feeds on insects, arachnids, crustaceans, reptiles, small mammals, seeds, grain and fruits and discarded waste from human habitation.
  5. Common Mynas are believed to pair for life.
  6. The IUCN declared this myna as one of the only three birds among the world's 100 worst invasive species.
  7. In a 2008 popular vote, the bird was named "The Most Important Pest/Problem" in Australia, also earning the nickname "flying rats".
  8. In South Africa, the bird is notorious for being a pest, kicking other birds out of their nests and killing their young due to the Myna's strong territorial instinct. They are frequently shot and killed by people in urban environments and farmers alike.  
  9. The Common Myna widely appears under the name saarika in Indian culture from Vedic times, featuring both in classical Indian literature (Sanskrit) as well as in Prakrit Buddhist texts. 
  10. The Sankrit term saarika, is used to indicate a pair or a couple, probably because the bird is vocal and capable of mimicking human sound.
  11. In addition to saarika, the names for the Common Myna include kalahapriya, which means "one who is fond of arguments" referring to the quarrelsome nature of this bird; chitranetra, meaning "picturesque eyes"; peetanetra (one with yellow eyes) and peetapaad (one with yellow legs).




Information courtesy: Wikepedia

31 comments:

  1. interesting info and nice captures

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  2. Wow ! That's a store of info on the myna ! And beautiful images too.

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  3. You've turned this rather commonplace bird into something special! Amazing!!!

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  4. Wow, very lovely pics with interesting information, thanks for nice pic.

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  5. Thank you for a wonderful post full of great information and photos! I learned some things I didn't know!

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  6. Amazing shots - breathtaking!

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  7. Such a pretty bird and such gorgeous photos! I love the yellow touches on the Myna -- makes for a very unique bird.

    Visiting via Camera Critters

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  8. I love the facts you gave with it. Very interesting.

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  9. Great post, you make me almost like this bird. Around here they steal the cat food and destroy the nests of native birds.

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  10. Nice to read your post,Thanks.
    Awesome shots.

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  11. good captures of your common mynah.

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  12. I see this bird wherever I go in Malaysia.

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  13. Another amazing capture and interesting facts.

    Thank you for sharing at Your Sunday Best!

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  14. Beautiful shots of the Myna and well compiled information.

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  15. must say beautiful...cldnt hav been ny bttr :)

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  16. wow!!! Those are great pics--the bird has such a personality:):)

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  17. I once heard a Myna bird took. Very intelligent!
    Kim,USA

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  18. Awesome captures, and even if he is a pest-he is beautiful, love the bokeh as well:)

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  19. We call it Beo bird here. A smart bird!

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  20. so pretty bird. almost thought it's an oriole. a mellow yellow monday visit here. http://www.heartscontentofamama.com/2012/05/mommys-main-squeeze.html

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  21. They definitely are a loud and noisy lot. There used to gather at dusk in a huge tree near the Kahala Hilton where I once stayed and their noise was most annoying, in competition with the lovely live Hawaiian music at the outside bar/lounge.

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  22. Well, they certainly do photograph beautifully. I've never been bothered by one so I have no complaints.

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  23. Love these birds! Great information.

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  24. what a beautiful bird :-) candid shots :-) love it :-) Dropping by from Mellow Yellow Monday

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  25. beautiful bird...amazing shots :-) Dropping by from Camera Critters

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  26. The bird, the colors, awesome!

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