Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Great Myna (Acridotheres grandis)

OTHER NAMES: White-vented Myna, Buffalo Myna, Thai Crested Myna
Latin Etymology: Acridotheres ("locust hunter") grandis ("large")
Adult Great Myna (Acridotheres grandis at Phnom Krom, Cambodia - February 2019

Featured Subspecies: N/A
Weight: 95-103g  /  Length: 25cm  /  Wingspan: ?
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern

Judging from the sole encounter with this bird I've had, the alternate name of Buffalo Myna seems apt - this signle bird we saw was perched on the back of a browsing water buffalo as we returned back from Phnom Krom. It's a close relative of the Javan and Jungle Mynas, and has previously been lumped with them, but does have somewhat different habits.  It's a darker bird than either of the others, with a larger crest to help differentiate it.

Related Species:
ORDER: Passeriformes
FAMILY: Sturnidae
GENUS: Acridotheres
SUBSPECIES: none - monotypic 

 - Sighting Locations -
CAMBODIA Khmer name: សារិកាកែវក្របី
A fairly common resident.
SINGAPORE / CAMBODIA 2019 TRIP - One near Phnom Krom

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

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