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Photo : Common Myna
Artist : Sagar Thukral
Taken : 15 August 2011
License : Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License
Category : Wildlife
Tags : Common Myna, Myna, Acridotheres Tristis, Sturnidae, Bird
Camera : Canon DIGITAL IXUS 85 IS
ISO Speed Ratings : 125
Shutter Speed : 1/160 seconds
Aperture : F 4.90
Focal Length : 18.60 mm
Subject Distance : 4.17 m
Digital Zoom Ratio : 2.28 x
The Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis), is a member of the family Sturnidae. It is readily identified by the brown body, black hooded head and the bare yellow patch behind the eye. The bill and legs are bright yellow. There is a white patch on the outer primaries and the wing lining on the underside is white. The sexes are similar and birds are usually seen in pairs.
The range of the Common Myna is increasing at such a rapid rate that in 2000 the IUCN Species Survival Commission declared it one of the world’s most invasive species and one of only three birds in the top 100 species that pose an impact to biodiversity, agriculture and human interests. In particular, the species poses a serious threat to the ecosystems of Australia where it was named “The Most Important Pest/Problem”.
Common Myna feeds on insects, arachnids, crustaceans, reptiles, small mammals, seeds, grain and fruits and discarded waste from human habitation. It forages on the ground among grass for insects, and especially for grasshoppers, from which it gets the generic name Acridotheres, “grasshopper hunter”. It however feeds on a wide range of insects, mostly picked from the ground.
The Common Myna is sometimes confused with the slightly larger Noisy Miner. Although both species have similar common names, the Noisy Miner is actually a native honey eater. Both have yellow bills, legs and bare eye skin, but the Common Myna is brown with a black head and in flight it shows large white wing patches. The Noisy Miner is mostly grey.
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