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Javan Myna

Javan Myna

Scientific name: Acridotheres javanicus
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Sturnidae

Also called white-vented myna and buffalo myna

The Javan Myna is found in much of South East Asia and has penetrated into India and neighbouring regions. It has an extremely liquid voice and, like the European starling, incorporates imitation into its repertoire (though it is not able to imitate the human voice, like the hill myna Gracula religiosa).

Like other Sturnids it is omnivorous, roosts in colonies and is abundantly successful in a variety of habitats. Javan mynas are as accomplished in cities as they are in padi fields, where they will prey on insects disturbed by water buffalo, often riding the buffalo like the related oxpecker.

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Canon EOS 30D ,Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
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