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Acridotheres tristis

Acridotheres tristis
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Copyright: Nirmal Roberts (nirmalroberts) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 345 W: 64 N: 705] (2857)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd, Fujinon f=6.2-66.7(28-300)mm 1:2.8-4.9, Marumi 58mm UV Haze
Exposure: f/8, 1/750 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-23 2:57
Viewed: 3561
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Acridotheres tristis.
Common names: Common Myna, Indian Myna, Talking Myna.
A member of the starling family.
This 25cm long bird has dark brown body and wing plumage, with large white wing patches obvious in flight. The head and throat are dark grey. The bill, bare skin around the eyes and strong legs are bright yellow. The sexes are similar. Mynas mate for life.
The Common Myna builds a nest in hole in a tree or wall. The normal clutch is 46 eggs.
Like most starlings, the Common Myna is omnivorous. It feeds on insects 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 walks on the ground with occasional hops.
This bird is native in southern Asia from Iran and Kazakhstan to Malaysia and China, and in Egypt.
It has been introduced widely elsewhere, including adjacent areas in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, South Africa, Israel, North America, Australia, New Zealand and various oceanic islands, including a very prominent population in Hawaii.
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Hi Nirmal
Nice shot of this interesting bird captured in nice pose and good details.


Hello Nirmal,

Nice picture from this bird in the tree.
Beautiful bird the Maina, I have also holding a pair birds in my voliere.
Good pose.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-23 21:49]

Hello Nirmal

A lovely capture of this Myna bird.
The bird is well placed in the frame.
Very good detail and lovely natural colours.
Good catch light.


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