In Australia, their aggressiveness has enabled them to chase native birds as large as galahs out of their nests. (2019). , Common mynas roost communally throughout the year, either in pure or mixed flocks with jungle mynas, rosy starlings, house crows, jungle crows, cattle egrets and rose-ringed parakeets and other birds. It is particularly problematic in Australia. Island invasives: scaling up to meet the challenge, pp. Agricultural Protection Board of Western Australia, 21-493.  The specific name tristis is Latin for "sad" or "gloomy". 2015. Roosting and nesting commensal with humans create aesthetic and health concerns. Name: Acridotheres tristis. It’s the common myna – also known as the Indian myna – we should be more concerned about. The sexes are similar and they are usually seen in pairs. A survey of recent introduction events, spread and mitigation efforts of mynas (Acridotheres sp.) According to Rand and Petrocelli (1985), species which are indigenous to or representative of ecosystems that receive pollutants should be used in toxicity test- ing. , In Hawaii, where the common myna was introduced to control pest armyworms and cutworms in sugarcane crops, the bird has helped to spread the robust Lantana camara weed across the islandsâ open grasslands. This range was colonized twice during the evolution of starlings, first by rather ancestral starlings related to the coleto and Aplonis lineages, and millions of years later by birds related to the common starling and wattled starling's ancestors. The range of the common myna is increasing at such a rapid rate that in 2000 the IUCN Species Survival Commission declared it one of the world's most invasive species and one of only three birds listed among "100 of the World's Worst Invasive Species" that pose a threat to biodiversity, agriculture and human interests. Currently, common myna populations in Australia are concentrated along the eastern coast around Sydney and its surrounding suburbs, with sparser populations in Victoria and a few isolated communities in Queensland. Lowe S., Browne M., Boudjelas S. and de Poorter M. (2000, updated 2004). 62. The common myna is also known to maintain up to two roosts simultaneously; a temporary summer roost close to a breeding site (where the entire local male community sleeps during the summer, the period of highest aggression), and a permanent all-year roost where the female broods and incubates overnight. , It is a species of bird native to Asia with its initial home range spanning from Iran, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka; as well as Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Myanmar, to Malaysia, Singapore, peninsular Thailand, Indochina, Japan (both mainland Japan and the Ryukyu Islands) and China. It has extended its range into most of south-east Asia and has been introduced to many parts of the world, including South Africa, North America, the Middle East, New Zealand and Eastern Australia. Many species … For the bird commonly known as the 'myna bird' in aviculture, see, Recording of a Myna bird in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Myna&oldid=985182241, Articles needing additional references from June 2011, All articles needing additional references, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 24 October 2020, at 13:22. Morphological studies show that the process of spatial sorting is at work on the range expansion of A. tristis in South Africa. A species of bird is dispersed in the south in a random pattern. The myna (/ËmaÉªnÉ/; also spelled mynah) is a bird of the starling family (Sturnidae).  The Asian koel is sometimes brood parasitic on this species. Local threats . Pell, A.S. & Tidemann, C.R. The Scientific name of this bird is “ Acridotheres tristis “.  It is a cross-pollinator of flowers such as Salmalia and Erythrina. , This abundant passerine is typically found in open woodland, cultivation and around habitation. Cugnasse (2015).- Les populations dâoiseaux allochtones en France en 2014 (3e enquÃªte nationale).  Only three years later, a second study found an average population density of 75 birds per square kilometer in the same area.. It is often known as "Selarang" and "Teck Meng" in Malay and Chinese respectively in Singapore, due to their high population there. The Common Myna is a bird that is readily identified by its brown body, black hooded head, and the bare yellow patch behind the eye. in Spain and Portugal", "9. â Introduced land birds â Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand", "Spatial sorting drives morphological variation in the invasive bird, Acridotheres tristis", "Environmental and Economic Costs of Nonindigenous Species in the United States", 10.1641/0006-3568(2000)050[0053:EAECON]2.3.CO;2, "Crop diversification leads to diverse bird problems in Hawaiian agriculture", Species text in The Atlas of Southern African Birds, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Common_myna&oldid=993009313, Articles with unsourced statements from November 2010, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. The white-vented myna is larger than other species of mynas and a very beautiful bird from the starling family, few more species of starling bird found in India also include Chestnut winged starling, Collared myna and golden crested myna. Linnaeus included a brief description, coined the binominal name Paradisea tristis and cited Brisson's work. The common myna or Indian myna (Acridotheres tristis), sometimes spelled mynah, is a member of the family Sturnidae (starlings and mynas) native to Asia. The common myna (also called Indian myna) is an introduced bird species that is now well established in many cities and towns in Eastern Australia.  The type location was subsequently corrected to Pondicherry in southern India. Hill myna males have distinctly flatter heads than females, whereas the female mynas have a more rounded head. In flight, the white tips of the tail feathers and white wing patches are clearly visible. , The common myna thrives in urban and suburban environments; in Canberra, for instance, 110 common mynas were released between 1968 and 1971. Introduction: Myna birds were intentionally introduced to Fiji in the late 1800s to control pests on sugar cane crops. This has created serious problems for endemic species that share their foraging or nesting niches, and often for local agriculture that has had to contend with their numbers. Saavedra S. et al. 302â308. Bylaws in South Africa pertaining to the protection of most animal species specifically exclude mynas from this protection. , In South Africa where it escaped into the wild in 1902, it has become very common and its distribution is greater where human populations are greater or where there is more human disturbance. Gregarious and often found in noisy flocks. , The common myna was introduced to both the North Island and South Island of New Zealand in the 1870s. Apo Myna; Bali myna; Bank Myna; Bare-eyed myna; Black winged myna; Collard myna; Common myna; Common hill myna; Crested Myna; Enggano hill myna; Fiery-browed starling; Golden-crested myna; Golden Myna; Great Myna; Grosbeak starling; Helmeted myna; Javan Myna; Jungle myna; Long-crested myna; Long-tailed myna; Nias hill myna; Pale-bellied myna Originally restricted to the Indonesian islands of Java and Bali, this crested myna has since been introduced to Singapore, Taiwan, and various parts of Malaysia and Indonesia. Koshy Koshy / Flickr. Self-sustaining populations of common myna have been found in regions of mean warmest month temperature no less than 23.2 Â°C and mean coldest month temperature no less than -0.4 Â°C, implying that the common myna could potentially spread from Sydney northward along the eastern coast to Cairns and westward along the southern coast to Adelaide (though not to Tasmania, Darwin, or the arid interior regions). Males and females look alike and birds are usually seen in pairs.  This species is now placed in the genus Acridotheres that was introduced by the French ornithologist Louis Jean Pierre Vieillot in 1816.  Nesting material used by common mynas includes twigs, roots, tow and rubbish. An omnivorous open woodland bird with a strong territorial instinct, the common myna has adapted extremely well to urban environments.. The following are species of mynas. They have established in Spain and Portugal and were introduced to France, where they occasionally bred. The base of primaries is white and all upper and lower coverts are also white. There is a white patch on the outer primaries and the wing lining on the underside is white. ): defining best practice in managing invasive bird populations on oceanic islands. There is a white patch on the outer primaries (longest wing feathers) and the wing lining on the underside is white. , The IUCN declared the common myna as one of only three birds among the world's 100 worst invasive species (the other two being the red-vented bulbul and the common starling). Introduction: Myna birds have been introduced onto almost every tropical or subtropical oceanic island and Australia. Great Myna. , Common mynas are believed to pair for life. In addition to saarika, the names for the common myna include kalahapriya, which means "one who is fond of arguments" referring to the quarrelsome nature of this bird; chitranetra, meaning "picturesque eyes"; peetanetra (one with yellow eyes) and peetapaad (one with yellow legs). Occasional Paper SSC no.  The time of arrival of mynas at the roost starts before and ends just after sunset. An omnivorous open woodland bird with a strong territorial instinct, the common myna has adapted extremely well to urban environments. Distribution of the common myna. , The common myna obeys Gloger's rule in that the birds from northwestern India tend to be paler than their darker counterparts in southern India. As mynah birds are a larger bird species, they require a lot of room. For other uses, see, "Myna bird" redirects here. The bill and legs are bright yellow. The most common pet Mynah birds are the Greater Indian Hill mynah, Lesser Indian Hill mynah and Java Hill mynah. The Kabar which is known as common Myna or Indian Myna. It feeds on insects, arachnids, crustaceans, reptiles, small mammals, seeds, grain and fruits and discarded waste from human habitation. Great Myna is a lesser known species of Indian Myna bird, only found in Northeast India. The coleto and the two Saroglossa starlings are included because of their position in the taxonomic list. The incubation period is 17 to 18 days and fledging period is 22 to 24 days. , In Australia, the common myna is an invasive pest. Some mynas are considered talking birds, for their ability to reproduce sounds, including human speech, when in captivity. Escapees from captivity have established feral populations in many regions of the world, including southern Florida, where the species is now thriving in cities and suburbs. It is a hollow-nesting species and its aggressiveness has enabled this species to displace many breeding pairs of native hollow-nesters, thereby reducing their reproductive success. In 1961, there were only 52 breeding pairs in Michigan, according to the U.S. The biggest distinction between the two types of birds is that Mynah birds are tropical, while starlings are not. The common myna is able to drive other … Bank Myna (Acridotheres ginginianus) is a myna or starling occurring in South Asia. , The common myna (which feeds mostly on ground-dwelling insects, tropical fruits such as grapes, plums and some berries and, in urban areas, discarded human food) poses a serious threat to Australian blueberry crops, though its main threat is to native bird species. The following species are often included in the Acridotheres mynas: Various birds of the starling family.  Common mynas are popular as cage birds for their singing and "speaking" abilities. Indian Mynas The Indian Myna is native to tropical southern Asia, ranging from Iran to India and Sri Lanka. The Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis), also called Indian Myna and House Myna, ranges naturally from Afghanistan to Indochina, but has been introduced into tropical and subtropical oceanic habitats around the world. Common mynas are regularly observed to usurp nests and hollows, destroy the eggs and kill the young of native bird species, including seabirds and parrots. These two groups of mynas can be distinguished in the more terrestrial adaptions of the latter, which usually also have less glossy plumage except on the heads and longer tails. , The calls includes croaks, squawks, chirps, clicks, whistles and 'growls', and the bird often fluffs its feathers and bobs its head in singing. , The bird can live and breed in a wide range of temperatures, ranging from the harsh winters of Canberra to the tropical climate of Cairns. , In 2019, common mynas were added to the List of Invasive Alien Species of Union concern. In a 2008 popular vote, the bird was named "The Most Important Pest/Problem" in Australia, also earning the nickname "flying rats" due to their scavenging resembling that of rats.  It has since been introduced widely elsewhere, including adjacent areas in Southeast Asia, Madagascar, the Middle East, South Africa, Israel, the United States, Argentina, Germany, Spain and Portugal, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and various oceanic islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, including prominent populations in Fiji and Hawaii. Introduced Range: South Pacific Islands, Australia, New Zealand, Madagascar, United States (Florida), and more. Cruz S.S. & Reynolds S.J.  The bird is also notorious for being a pest, kicking other birds out of their nests and killing their young due to the myna's strong territorial instinct. This aggressive behaviour contributes to its success as an invasive species. They breed from sea-level to 3,000 m in the Himalayas. Common Myna is a native of southern Asia, but they have been introduced in many other parts of the world.  During 2009 several municipal councils in New South Wales began trials of catching myna birds in an effort to reduce numbers. In contrast, the North Island population was able to breed more successfully and large portions of the North Island are now populated.  Dispersal-relevant traits are significantly correlated with distance from the range core, with strong sexual dimorphism, indicative of sex-biased dispersal. Some are downright gregarious and aggressive, especially some of the introduced species. Morphometry. Their flight is strong and direct, and they are gregarious. , There is also some evidence that shows that in introduced environments, the species chooses to nest in more modified and artificial structures than in natural tree cavities when compared to native species. The time and timespan of arrival and departure, time taken for final settlement at the roost, duration of communal sleep, flock size and population vary seasonally. 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