habitat of Indian Mynah

To: "" <>, 'John Leonard' <>
Subject: habitat of Indian Mynah
From: Susan Myers <>
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2000 10:23:24 +1000
Hi John,
The name Indian Myna is a misnomer - it should properly be called Common Myna. 
It is found naturally from Central Asia and Afghanistan, throughout South-East 
Asia through to Peninsular Malaysia (into which I believe it has expanded its 
range relatively recently) as well as in India. In the Asian region it has been 
introduced into Brunei, Sumatra and southern China. I have observed them in a 
number of South-East Asian countries where they always occur in open or 
disturbed habitat, cultivated and urban areas. Their favourite habitat appears 
to be airports! I haven't seen them in India but my guess is they would favour 
much the same habitat throughout their range. This would seem to leave plenty 
of scope for further expansion into as yet uncolonised parts of Australia. I 
don't think we've seen the last of them!
Apparently they will nest not only in hollows but also in disused bird and 
squirrel nests ('Birds of South-East Asia' Robson). I have seen them nesting in 
palms in their dozens and, as we all know, they love the eaves of buildings. If 
they are relatively recent arrivals in Malaysia this may explain why they 
appear to be restricted to urban areas (so far).


Susan Myers
Ph. +61 3 9899 9303
Fax +61 3 9890 8911

-----Original Message-----
From:   John Leonard [SMTP:
Sent:   Monday, April 17, 2000 8:42 AM
Subject:        habitat of Indian Mynah

>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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