Distribution / Range
This bird is a common resident breeder in tropical southern Asia from India and Myanmar east to Indonesia.
In many parts of Asia, they are kept as pets. As a result, escaped birds have formed feral populations in many countries such as Taiwan.
This common passerine is typically found in forest and cultivation.
They are usually found close to water or rice fields.
Nesting / Breeding
The Jungle Myna builds a nest in hole. The normal clutch is 3-6 eggs.
These 23cm long birds have grey plumage, darker on the head and wings. There are large white wing patches obvious in flight, and a white tail tip. The head has a forehead tuft. The bill and strong legs are bright yellow, and there is no bare skin around eye. Males and females look alike, but juveniles are browner.
The southern Indian race has a blue iris (please note photo above).
Diet / Feeding
Like most starlings, the Jungle Myna is fairly omnivorous, eating fruit, grain and insects.
Species Research by Sibylle Johnson
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