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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

  Results from FactBites:
 
Choosing a Mynah Bird - PetPlace.com (1508 words)
In ancient Greece, the mynah was kept among the aristocracy as a pet, and in India, the mynah has been considered sacred for more than 2,000 years, and during a feast day, individual birds were carted through the city by oxen.
Many mynah owners complain that it is difficult to find the perfect ready-built cage, since most cages are constructed with a parrot in mind and are taller than they are wide.
Mynahs take short naps during the day but will sleep throughout the night, with heads tucked between their shoulders, facing straight ahead and eyes closed.
RWP Zoo : Bali Mynah (194 words)
These mynahs are fairly small (25 cm) members of the starling family.
Bali Mynahs are white with fl flight feathers and a marked crest.
Mynahs nest in trees and lay three to four blue to blue-green eggs.
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