habitat of Indian Mynah

Subject: habitat of Indian Mynah
From: John Leonard <>
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2000 08:42:19 +1000
>From an all too brief visit to West Malaysia a couple of years ago I
observed that Indian Mynahs there were exclusively urban birds. They seemed
to be found only in the big towns and not even in the little villages
(kampong). Mynahs in what remains of natural habitat are Jungle Mynahs.

Which leads one to ask, what is the natural habitat of Indian Mynahs where
they came from (India?).

I would hazrd a guess at dry, lightly wooded country with rocks or cliffs
(to nest in), rather than dense jungle, or any other habitat. Which is a
worry because it suggests that a good deal of rural eastern Australia might
be suitable habitat for them, when they learn to live away from towns, as
European Starlings have... :-(

John Leonard

John Leonard (Dr),
PO Box 243,
Woden, ACT 2606,

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