Myna – Southern hill myna

Gracula indica

Myna is also known as Mynah. This is jet black bird with yellow and orange beak with some yellow wattles in the sides. It belongs to the starling family and is a resident of the hill region and consequently the name. In the wild myna is not known for mimicry but as a pet / caged bird these are known to imitate other bird sounds, humans and sometimes even whistle. These feed on berries, figs and seeds from a variety of trees and shrubs. The hill myna usually spends time together in a flock. Although the population is getting lesser the bird is classified as least concern as per IUCN.


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