Re: Bald Common Mynas

To: Kim Lim <>
Subject: Re: Bald Common Mynas
From: Stephen Ambrose <>
Date: Thu, 16 Jan 1997 17:43:22 +1000
Kim Lim wrote:
> 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!
> Cheers!
> Kim
> --------------------------------------------------------------
> Kim-Chye Lim (Mr)
> 1/117 Hubert Street
> East Vic Park  WA 6101
> Tel: (09) 472 3392 (H)
>       (09) 387 0745 (W)
> Email: 

Hi Kim,

Could your bald-headed mynahs be suffering from the effects of feather mites, 
or even 
malnutrition caused by eating food scraps instead of consuming a natural diet?

Dr Stephen Ambrose
RAOU Research and Conservation Manager

  (at home)
S.Ambrose <>  (at work)

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