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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Sturnidae
Genus:Acridotheres
Genus species:Acridotheres tristis

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:25 cm
Identification:The head of the common mynah is brown with glossy black. It has a white wing patch and under tail, and a yellow patch around the eyes and bill.
Habitat:Open country, rural and urban areas
Diet:Omnivore: fruit, insects, earthworms
Reproduction:Mynahs nest in holes in trees, walls, etc. Broods usually contain 4-5 eggs. Both parents care for the chicks after they hatch. A mating pair will often have two broods in succession.
The mynah is either found in flocks or pairs. It also roosts communally.
Behavior:The common mynah is sociable yet sedentary.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The ecological conditions that allow the common mynah to prosper only in specific areas are unknown, so wildlife management experts have kept their fingers crossed that they don't overcome their biological intolerance and cross the border from Canada to the U.S. An outbreak of mynahs could be disastrous to the California fruit industry.

Other Information

Geographic:Middle East
Southern parts of Central Asia
Date:1966-02 Subjects:Indian mynah
perching birds
Common mynah
Mynahs
Sturnidae;Passeriformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata