mostly charcoal plumage; yellow bill and legs (South Africa; 2007-06-30)

Common Myna
Acridotheres tristis

Native Range: Oriental Region

Notes: widely introduced outside its native range, with populations now established in various mostly urban areas such as in southern Africa and western Canada; in many cases these feral populations probably represent descendants of pet-store escapees because this bird is popular in the pet trade due to its renowned ability to mimic human voices and whistles to near perfection.

dorsal view; white wing patch; darker tail, head (South Africa; 2007-06-30)

pronounced yellow eye-patch; chocolate belly (South Africa; 2007-06-30)

the white wing patch is most evident in flight (South Africa; 2007-06-30)

white also in the vent area and at tip of tail (South Africa; 2007-06-30)

contented couple (Australia ; 2006-06-20)

posing for a portrait(Hawaii, USA; 2007-04-01)

landing; note white patches on wings and tail (Hawaii, USA; 2007-04-01)

standing; not yellow bill, feet, and eye-patch (Hawaii, USA; 2007-04-01)

flying (Hawaii, USA; 2007-04-01)

contemplating existence (Hawaii, USA; 2007-04-01)