Common Myna

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Acridotheres tristis
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24 cm, 125 g. Cheeky brown bird with jaunty walk. Adult cinnamon brown with glossy black head and neck, white undertail and underwing; yellow legs, bill and bare patch of skin near eye. Sexes alike. Juvenile has dark brown head, paler bill and facial skin. In flight, prominent whitepatches on wings, and white-tipped tail. Roosts communally all year, largest in winter; small flocks converge at dusk and depart at dawn. Feeds mainly on the ground, often at roadsides. Voice jangling; song a rapid medley of raucous gurgling, chattering and bell-like notes. Habitat: Parks, gardens, orchards and farmland, sometimes on forest margins. Breeding: Oct-Mar.

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