Mynah birds: Master Mimics

Have you ever heard a Mynah bird mimic human speech? They’re one of the bird world’s outstanding mimics, and make a really interesting pet, too!

Common mynah by smarko on Pixabay

Mynah birds have been kept as pets for centuries, and they fascinated early explorers who’d never heard of animals that could “talk back”. Wealthy folk in Ancient Greece commonly had Mynahs, and in India they were revered as sacred birds and so were always treated respectfully.

Young Mynah birds that have been hand-raised make the best pets, and everything that I found about them seems to concur that they’ll learn all their sounds, voices and calls before they’re two years old. So you’d want to know a bit more about an adult bird before you bring it home!

The Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis) is now established in South Florida, as escapees have flourished in the tropical climate there. It’s sometimes called the “House Myna”, and has been a popular cage bird for many years.

This Great Mynah pictured above is one you’ll have to go to a zoo or aviary to see. Acridotheres grandis is a native of NorthEastern India to SouthEast Asia, where they’re common in grassland and pastures. According to BirdLife.org, there are also naturalized populations of these birds in Tiawan and Japan.

The Bali Myna shown here is also known as the Bali Starling (Leucospar rothschildi), Bali Mynah, or Rothschild’s Myna, and is locally called “jalak Bali”. They are the Island of Bali’s official bird, and are only found in one small area of the island. They’re on the endangered list, and they’re SO strikingly different and beautiful! I was privileged to see a pair at the Phoenix Zoo’s walk-in aviary, and they are truly stunning!

Mynah birds may not be the birdy genius that you expect of, say, a parrot, but they’re well worth studying! If you’d like to learn more, please take a look at “My Mynah Journal” at https://amzn.to/2VbKXUX , where you can learn and journal about your prospective (or actual) pet Myna.

Happy Birding!

As always,feel free to email me at FlamingPurpleJellyfish@gmail.com with comments, corrections, and complaints!

With Grace and Gratitude,

LeslieAnne Hasty

 

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