Re: White Common Mynah

To: Stan Emmerson <>
Subject: Re: White Common Mynah
From: Jill Dening <>
Date: Sun, 16 Aug 1998 17:29:37 +1000

At Tolga, On 28th May, 1997, we saw a bald headed Common Myna also dodging
traffic on the main drag through the settlement. This individual had normal
plumage and colourings from the 'shoulders' back, but was quite featherless
on neck and head. We pulled up and turned around and studied it for some
time. It was healthy, and well accepted by other mynas. At first appearance
it looked like a miniature version of those bald vultures I saw somewhere

Sounds like there's a sly gene lurking around Tolga.


Jill Dening
Sunshine Coast, Qld

>Hi all,
>       An unusal observation of mine last Thursday 13 August. A white common
>mynah at Tolga on the Atherton Tablelands.  It was with a normal friend
>dodging cars whilst feeding on the road in the main street.  I could'nt
>believe my eyes as having been raised in Victoria in mynah territory I have
>seen 'millions' of these birds. I pulled over and watched it for 10 mins.
>It was mature and was a creamy white with the yellow around the eye.
>My question is how many others exist along the east coast, and what does it
>I also saw a pair of Fernwrens (tossing leaves) near Ravenshoe that morning,
>so an interesting morning.
>Cheers Stan

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