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Bank Myna

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Breeding PairPhoto © by Alok TewariGurgaon Rural, Haryana, India, May-2018
Breeding Pair
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Gurgaon Rural, Haryana, India, May-2018
Acridotheres ginginianus


[edit] Identification

22cm (8¾ in). A smallish Myna, locally called Ganga Maina.

  • Grey plumage
  • Black hood and frontal crest
  • Glossy black wing with buff wing-patch
  • Black tail with buff outertail feathers (prominent in flight)
  • Red eye with large bare orange-red cheek-patch
  • Orange bill and legs

Sexes similar.
Juveniles are duller and browner with paler buff markings on wings and reduced buff on tail.

[edit] Distribution

Foothills of eastern Pakistan to southern Nepal, north-central India and Bangladesh. An old record from southeast Afghanistan.

JuvenilePhoto © by vaibhav mishra Kasganj, Etah, Uttar Pradesh, India, June 2010
Photo © by vaibhav mishra
Kasganj, Etah, Uttar Pradesh, India, June 2010

Introduced in Japan and United Arab Emirates, also reports from Kuwait, Oman and Saudi Arabia. A rare exotic in Taiwan, but no proof of breeding.
A common species in most of its range.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species.

[edit] Habitat

Cultivated areas (often near cattle) and cities.

[edit] Behaviour

Communal Roosting at duskPhoto © by Alok Tewari Dist. Gurgaon, Haryana, India, Jan. 2015
Communal Roosting at dusk
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Dist. Gurgaon, Haryana, India, Jan. 2015

Forms large communal roosts all year, often in sugar cane or reedbeds, also in trees or on buildings.

[edit] Diet

Omnivorous. Feeds on animal food, fruit, seeds and food waste.
Forages usually in pairs or flocks.

[edit] Breeding

Breeding season mainly from April to June. A monogamous species. Excavates a tunnel in a river bank for its nest. Lays 3 - 6 eggs.

[edit] Movements

A resident species with some seasonal or nomadic movements in its range.

[edit] Vocalisation

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Recording by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, India, June-2017
Individuals of a feeding party moving through canopy and dry branches and calling on a very hot afternoon. All calls in this recording are by Bank Mynas, only.

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[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. BF Member observations
  3. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2009. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 14: Bush-shrikes to Old World Sparrows. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553507

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