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Pied Myna or Asian Pied Starling Pictures and Detail

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Pied Myna or Asian Pied Starling

Pied Myna or Asian Pied Starling Pictures and Detail-


Today, it's time for another Myna i.e. Pied Myna or Asian Pied Starling. Last Mynas, I shared with you were Brahminy Myna, Bank Myna and Common Myna. Like the other Mynas, Pied Myna is also a common bird; however, less common than other Common Myna and Bank Myna. These are very social birds and from last two years, I am seeing a pair of Pied Myna making nest at the same location. These birds are slightly shy than the common myna and avoid coming close to humans. However, they also live near to humans and we can find them near human population in villages and cities. 
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A Pied Myna or Asian pied starling

The scientific name of Pied Myna is Gracupica contra.  Pied Myna belongs starling species and this bird is mainly found in Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. This bird has five subspecies and we can find slight variations in their color and size as per the geographical location. The calls of these birds are much sweeter and lighter as compared to other Mynas.



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One legged Pied Myna
Above you can see the picture of a one legged Pied Myna. Earlier, I saw few of one legged Common Mynas; however, I only once saw a one legged Pied Myna. These are the birds of the plains and not found on the higher hills. The population of this Myna is on the rise and they are establishing base in new locations.




 In captivity, these birds are known to imitate the sound of other birds; therefore, many people use them as pet birds. It is common to find Pied Mynas venturing into fields, open areas, grasslands in the search of insects, grains, small worms and molluscs. Below, You can see the pictures of a Pied Myna Juvenile. You can clearly see the brownish wings on his body.

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Juvenile Pied Myna

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Juvenile Pied Myna
Like the other Mynas, Their breeding season is between March and September. We can find Asian Pied Starling in pairs or in small groups. They make their nests in the big trees or man-made structures like electricity polls (as seen by me). I observed several times that they defend their nest very aggressively from predators.


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A Pied Myna

This is first set of pictures of Pied Myna and I hope to get more pictures and info on the Pied Myna in near future.

Brahminy Starling (Myna) Pictures and Detail (A bird with Elongated Feathers)

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Brahminy Starling (Myna) Pictures and Detail


Brahminy Starling (Myna) Pictures and Detail- 


Today, I will be discussing third Myna, which is called Brahminy Starling or Brahminy Myna. Earlier, I wrote about Bank Myna and Common (Indian) Myna. Like these Myna, Brahminy Myna can be commonly seen in many places. Like the other Myna, these are also not much shy of humans and they come close to human beings. 

The scientific name of Brahminy Myna is Sturnia pagodarum and they belong to sterling family. Mostly, we see them in pairs or in a group of birds. Brahminy Myna belongs to the Indian Subcontinent and we can find them in countries like India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and some parts of Pakistan. 


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Brahminy Starling (Myna) Front View


Like the Common Myna, they also like to live close to human habitats and we can easily observe them in cities and villages. In winters these birds visit hot places like Sri Lanka and in summers, they go to cold places like the Himalayas. They are mainly found in the plains or in lower hills.


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Brahminy Starling (Myna) eating Seeds

Brahminy Starling mainly eats seeds, fruits and insects. They built their nest in open spaces or in the tree holes. Their breeding season is from March to September. It is common to see Brahminy Myna along the unpaved roads and behind the grazing cattle like other Mynas.


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Brahminy Starling (Myna) Bottom
Brahminy Myna gives three to four eggs in a single breeding season and the color of their eggs is pale bluish green. These birds are known to absorb nectars from the flowers. We can find this myna in forests, grasslands, marshy areas, waterlogged areas and near human population.

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Brahminy Starling (Myna) eating seeds
With some patience, we can find Brahminy Myna around us. They are not very common like Common Myna; however, they are also not very rare that we can't find them.

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Brahminy Starling (Myna) hidden in Tree
We can find observe these birds through the elongated neck feathers. The color of Brahminy Starling is pale buff cream. Brahminy Myna is a wonderful bird and I will bring more update on it in near future.

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Brahminy Starling (Myna) 

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Brahminy Starling (Myna) from Front