Re: Bald Common Mynas

Subject: Re: Bald Common Mynas
From: (Kim Lim)
Date: Thu, 16 Jan 1997 10:25:53 +1100
Hi all,

My post regarding bald Common Mynas resulted in quite a few replies. Here's
a summary so far:

In its home range in the Indian sub-continent bald birds have often been
seen, and interestingly also bald House Crow (Corvus splendens). The theory
there is that it is due to pollution.

In Australia,  I had a response from Cairns in the north-east where one
individual was seen for about a year, did not seem to be disadvantaged in
any way and then was not seen again.

Bald mynas have also been reported in South Africa where they have been
introduced(?). It would be interesting to know the extent of occurrence of
baldness in the many other countries with introduced Common Myna
population, just so that an idea of the cause of this could be elicited.
Anyway, I fully agree with one reply that it is the ugliest bird that she
has ever seen!



Kim-Chye Lim (Mr)
1/117 Hubert Street
East Vic Park  WA 6101
Tel: (09) 472 3392 (H)
      (09) 387 0745 (W)

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