• BirdForum is the net's largest birding community dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE!

    Register for an account to take part in lively discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.

Bank Myna - BirdForum Opus

(Redirected from Bank Mynah)
Breeding Pair
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Gurgaon Rural, Haryana, India, May-2018
Acridotheres ginginianus

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.

Distribution

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

Juvenile
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.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species.

Habitat

Cultivated areas (often near cattle) and cities.

Behaviour

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.

Diet

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

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.

Movements

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

Vocalisation

Listen in an external program

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.

Gallery

Click images to see larger version

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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  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

Recommended Citation

External Links


Top