French: Martin des berges German: Ufermaina Spanish: Miná ribereño
Nadia, West Bengal, India
N Indian Subcontinent from C Pakistan and Himalayan foothills E to S Nepal and Assam, S to Sind, NC India (Gujarat, C Maharashtra, S Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, gradually expanding S#R) and W Bangladesh. Introduced to Japan and United Arab Emirates; also reported from Kuwait, Oman and Saudi Arabia.
22 cm; 64–76 g. Smallish myna with forehead feathers bristly and directed to mid-line to form short frontal crest; feathers of crown and nape elongate and lanceolate.... read more
Song of male includes low croaks, high-pitched whistles and warbles, also some mimicry. Raucous... read more
Closely associated with man-modified habitats, both agricultural areas and cities. On farmland... read more
Food and feeding
Omnivorous, diet incorporating animal food, fruit, seeds, and food waste discarded by humans. Animal food includes frog tadpoles, small... read more
Season Mar–Aug, primarily Apr–Jun. Monogamous. Colonial. Generally excavates own tunnel in bank of river, tunnel up to 1 m long... read more
Mainly resident; some seasonal or nomadic movements within range.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common. It appears to be gradually spreading into southern India, where recorded in Andhra Pradesh since 2006. An old record... read more
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