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Mynas
Image:Bali_myna.jpg
Bali Myna
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family†: Sturnidae
Genera

Acridotheres
Ampeliceps
Mino
Gracula
Enodes

† See also Starling, Oxpecker

The mynas are part of the family Sturndidae, along with the starlings and oxpeckers. This is a group of passerine birds which occur naturally only in eastern Asia, although several species have been introduced to North America and New Zealand, and the Common Myna to south-eastern Australia, where it is regarded as a pest species.


Mynas are medium-sized passerines with strong feet. Their flight is strong and direct, and they are gregarious. Their preferred habitat is fairly open country, and they eat insects and fruit. Several species live around habitation, and are effectively omnivores.


Plumage is typically dark, often brown, although some species have yellow head ornaments. Most species nest in holes.


Some species have become well-known for their imitative skills.


Species are listed below. The Coleto and the two Saroglossa starlings are included because of their position in the taxonomic list.

  • Yellow-faced Myna, Mino dumontii
  • Golden Myna, Mino anais
  • Long-tailed Myna, Mino kreffti
  • Sulawesi Myna, Basilornis celebensis
  • Helmeted Myna, Basilornis galeatus
  • Long-crested Myna, Basilornis corythaix
  • Apo Myna, Basilornis miranda
  • Coleto, Sarcops calvus
  • White-necked Myna, Streptocitta albicollis
  • Bare-eyed Myna, Streptocitta albertinae
  • Fiery-browed Myna, Enodes erythrophris
  • Finch-billed Myna, Scissirostrum dubium
  • Spot-winged Starling, Saroglossa spiloptera
  • Madagascar Starling, Saroglossa aurata
  • Golden-crested Myna, Ampeliceps coronatus
  • Hill Myna, Gracula religiosa
  • Southern Hill Myna, Gracula indica
  • Enggano Myna, Gracula enganensis
  • Nias Myna, Gracula robusta
  • Sri Lanka Myna, Gracula ptilogenys
  • White-vented Myna, Acridotheres grandis
  • Crested Myna, Acridotheres cristatellus
  • Javan Myna, Acridotheres javanicus
  • Pale-bellied Myna, Acridotheres cinereus
  • Jungle Myna, Acridotheres fuscus
  • Collared Myna, Acridotheres albocinctus
  • Bank Myna, Acridotheres ginginianus
  • Common Myna, Acridotheres tristis
  • Vinous-breasted Starling or Vinous-breasted Myna, Acridotheres burmannicus
  • Black-winged Starling or Black-winged Myna, Acridotheres melanopterus

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Myna - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (161 words)
The mynas (also spelled mynahs) are part of the family Sturnidae, along with the starlings and oxpeckers.
This is a group of passerine birds which occur naturally only in eastern Asia, although several species have been introduced to North America and New Zealand, and the Common Myna to south-eastern Australia, where it is regarded as a pest species.
Their flight is strong and direct, and they are gregarious.
The Common Myna at Midway Atoll (1880 words)
Pyle (1982) estimated 200 mynas during his stay in the autumn of 1982, and recorded a high count of 128 individuals at the landfill dump.
On Oahu, Eddinger (1967:2) remarked, "The myna is a wary bird, and although man may be able to check its increase, extermination is practically impossible." Compared to mynas on Oahu, Midway's population is relatively small, less dispersed, and highly accessible.
It is unlikely that the beneficial aspects of myna presence at Midway outweigh their negative impacts, and continued expansion of the population may pose greater risk of irreversible damage.
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