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Wild Beauty
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Copyright: Indrasish Guha (indrasish) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 19] (170)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-01-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: NikonD200, Nikkor AF 80-200mm f/2.8 ED
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-08-30 0:55
Viewed: 1829
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The common hill myna (Gracula religiosa), sometimes spelled "mynah" and formerly simply known as hill myna, is the myna bird most commonly seen in aviculture, where it is often simply referred to by the latter two names. It is a member of the starling family (Sturnidae), resident in hill regions of South Asia and Southeast Asia. The Sri Lanka hill myna, a former subspecies of G. religiosa, is generally accepted as a separate species G. ptilogenys nowadays. The Enggano hill myna (G. enganensis) and Nias hill myna (G. robusta) are also widely accepted as specifically distinct, and many authors favor treating the southern hill myna (G. r. indica) from the Nilgiris and elsewhere in the Western Ghats of India as a separate species, also.'
This is a stocky jet-black myna, with bright orange-yellow patches of naked skin and fleshy wattles on the side of its head and nape. At about 29 cm length, it is somewhat larger than the common myna (Acridotheres tristis).[2]
It is overall green-glossed black plumage, purple-tinged on the head and neck. Its large, white wing patches are obvious in flight, but mostly covered when the bird is sitting. The bill and strong legs are bright yellow, and there are yellow wattles on the nape and under the eye. These differ conspicuously in shape from the naked eye-patch of the common myna and bank myna (A. ginginianus), and more subtly vary between the different hill mynas from South Asia: in the common hill myna, they extend from the eye to the nape, where they join, while the Sri Lanka hill myna has a single wattle across the nape and extending a bit towards the eyes. In the southern hill myna, the wattles are separate and curve towards the top of the head. The Nias and Enggano hill mynas differ in details of the facial wattles, and size, particularly that of the bill.
Sexes are similar; juveniles have a duller bill.

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漂亮的九宮鳥 照的清晰 非常美麗
翅膀羽毛的光澤亮麗 眼睛漂亮

nice mynas, here they are invasive, TFS Ori

Beautiful shot of these hill mynas Indrasish!
Excellent sharpness and details. Its not easy to resolve the black color effectively. You have done a good job. Thank you for sharing,
Best Regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-08-30 4:51]

Beautiful capture of this couple like in a syncronized exercise,impressive exposure and fine details on the black plumage,i like it!Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-08-30 7:01]

Hello Indrasish,
Nice synchrone poses of these hill mynas. Both in eye contact. Excellent composition and fine sharpness. The feathers look a bit blue. That's always difficult with such black feathers in this light.
Have a good weekend,

hello Indrasish
Beautiful image of this pair.
good contrast and colour .
thanks for this well composed image.
best wishes,

hallo Indra
sing together

great shot with good sharpness and beautiful colours
i like this composition

thanks greeting lou

ps thanks for fisit my picture's

Hello Indrasish
Wonderful capture of this couple in wonderful matching BG.Great timing.Wonderful colours,light and details.Thank You.
Have a good weekend!
Best wishes

Hi Guha,
Nice popsture,excellent lighting,DOF.......

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