Monday, 11 March 2019

Common Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa)

Latin Etymology: Gracula (unknown bird - possibly jackdaw) religiosa ("sacred")
Adult Common Hill Mynah (subspecies G. r. intermedia) at Angkor Thom, Cambodia  - February 2019

Featured Subspecies: Gracula religiosa intermedia
Weight: 200-250g  /  Length: 29cm  /  Wingspan: 51cm
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern

The Common Hill Myna is a distinctive and widespread species of Southern Asia - it has harder contrasting colours than other mynas in the region - a deeper inky black plumage contrasts with the birght orange bill and yellow eye patch.  The exact shape of the yellow bare skin patch can be used to identify the subspecies (or, indeed split species).  However, given that they only have fairly limited overlap this shouldn't be an issue in most locales.

Related Species:
ORDER: Passeriformes
FAMILY: Sturnidae
GENUS: Gracula
SUBSPECIES: G. r. andamanensis, G. r. batuensis, G. r. halibrecta, G. r. intermedia, G. r. palawanensis, G. r. peninsularis, G. r. religiosa, G. r. venerata

 - Sighting Locations -
CAMBODIA - Khmerសារិកាកែវវង
A fairly common resident.
 - CAMBODIA/SINGAPORE 2019 TRIP: Seen at Angkor Thom

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

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