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
Native to Asia, ranging from Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan eastwards through India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to China and Indochina. It has a close association with human habitation and found wherever man is within its range habitat to open country side , such as cultivated areas, floodplains and grasslands, also abundant in towns and cities, around parks, gardens and refuse dumps.
• 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.
All the above clicks are from Balasore in Odisha taken with Nikon D7200 70-300 mm Nikkor Lens.
Compiled from Internet and modified for a better reading experience touching all the aspects to make common people like me to be aware of this very common Indian Myna.
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