Friday, 29 July 2016

Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)

OTHER NAMES: Indian Myna, House Myna, Locust Starling
Latin Etymology: Acridotheres ("locust-hunter") tristis ("sad")
Adult Common Myna (subspecies A. t. tristis) at Angkor Wat, Cambodia - February 2019

Featured Subspecies: Acridotheres tristis tristis
Weight: 82-140g  /  Length: 25cm  /  Wingspan: 37-41cm
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern 

The Common Myna is a very successful urban bird in South-East Asia, commonly found in parks gardens and other green spaces.  It is also one of the more distinctive members of the Myna family in the region; the brown body and yellow face make it a lot easier to pick out than other species.  It is also a highly invasive species worldwide, to the point where it is considered by the IUCN to be one of the world's 100 worst invasive species.  They are also known for their ability to mimic to human sounds.

Related Species:
ORDER: Passeriformes
FAMILY: Sturnidae
GENUS: Acridotheres
SUBSPECIES: A. t. melanosternus, A. t. tristis

 - Sighting Locations -
CAMBODIA - Khmer - រីក ឬសារិកាកែវគោ
A common resident
 - CAMBODIA/SINGAPORE 2019 TRIP: Seen in many locations, including Angkor Wat
MALAYSIA - Malay - Tiong Gembala Kerbau
Common resident.
 - MALAYSIA/SINGAPORE 2016 TRIP: Common in Kuala Lumpur.
SINGAPORE - Common resident.
 - MALAYSIA/SINGAPORE 2016 TRIP: Several seen in passing from car.
 - CAMBODIA/SINGAPORE 2019 TRIP: Abundant throughout.

Further Notes: BirdForum Opus, IUCN Red ListRSPB, Wikipedia, Xeno-canto

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