Common Myna (Wild Bird Wednesday)

Common Myna
Common Myna In Cairns

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Wild Bird Wednesday

Here is my first WBW and this is a Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis), also known as the Common Mynah under the shade of a Eucalyptus tree by the Boardwalk in Cairns, Queensland Australia. These are a medium sized bird of the Starling family and a bout the same size as the European Starling. They are disconcertingly clever and will watch you with knowing eyes and I clearly remember, as a child, people having these as Pets un the UK and that some could say a few mimicked words. These are pretty tame when near to cities as the get used to humans easily, so I did not need much bush craft to get close enough for this shot, but it was still a thrill to see one of these birds I saw caged as a child living free. I personally love them, but they are hated by most Australians as a pest and known as “Flying Rats”!. The shadow has made for a fairly richly coloured shot with the bright yellow beak, seeming to shine out, and the dappled light on the multicoloured leaves on the ground around the bird make an interesting diversion


10 thoughts on “Common Myna (Wild Bird Wednesday)”

  1. nice shot and explanation … we don’t see many mynas around here … I would like to join in Wild Bird Wednesday but we are going travelling for six weeks … so on my return!


  2. Welcome to the wonderful WBW

    Lovely image of this Myna. I only get to see this family of birds once in a while….. when I leave the UK that is. Nice post.


  3. There is a very good reason for Australians detesting these birds: THEY ARE NOT NATIVE BIRDS. They are, in fact, the Indian Mynah; and they are gradually destroying the habitat of our own birds. They are dirty and noisy, and have no place here.


    1. I do agree, Margaret. In the UK we have many such examples, many of which have reeked havoc on our native species. The American Mink is believed to have put the water vole on the brink of extinction as they are one of the only predators to be able to get into their bankside homes. Others species have introduced disease where native and creatures have no resistance


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