Re: birding-aus (RFI) Common Mynas

To: "ozbird" <>, <>
Subject: Re: birding-aus (RFI) Common Mynas
From: "Susan Myers" <>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 1999 09:42:46 +1100

> I was recently in Singapore, where Mynas are a common inhabitant of the
> city areas.  However, they differ somewhat in appearance from the Common
> Mynas now seemingly intent on taking over Australia.  The mynas in
> Singapore were a more slender bird, and lacked the distinctive coco-brown
> body.  They were, rather, a slaty grey/black.  Is this a different
> or a race of the Common Myna?

Hi Vicki,
I think you are probably referring to the White-vented Myna which was
introduced to Singapore in the '20's (from cage birds) & is now more common
than the Common Myna, which  spread relatively recently from Malaysia to
Singapore. They look rather similar except the White-vented is grey/black
as you say and lacks the yellow eye patch. The Common Mynas I've seen
throughout SEA look much the same as ours, if rather less out of place.

Susan Myers
phone: +61 3 9819 2539
Email:Susan Myers 
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