Javan Myna

Acridotheres javanicus

The Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus) is a myna, a member of the Starling family. It is primarily found in Java. It is conspecific, and thought to be in competition with the Common Myna (A. tristis) in some of its range (for example, Malaysia and Singapore).
Jungle, Javan or White-vented Mynah? Differentiating the mynahs is a real headache for me. I can never decide if they were jungle, white-vented or Javan. The common mynah has ironically taken a backseat to these newcomers in the Malay Peninsula. Anyone has major objections to my ID? Acridotheres fuscus,Acridotheres javanicus,Fall,Geotagged,Javan Myna,Jungle myna,Malaysia,gembala kerbau

Appearance

The Javan Myna is predominantly black, with a white vent, a white wing patch, white on the underside of the tail, and has a thick yellow eye ring for grown adults, legs and beak. It sometimes has grey (white) flecking on its belly. It can raise the feathers on its forehead into a dramatic crest.
Javan Myna - Acridotheres javanicus Kinabatangan riversides. Acridotheres javanicus,Fall,Geotagged,Javan Myna,Malaysia

Naming

There is some confusion over naming between A. grandis and A. javanicus, which was until recently considered a subspecies of the Pale-bellied Myna, A. cinereus.
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Distribution

It is usually found in southeast Asia.
Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus) Gardens by the Bay, Singapore. Aug 28, 2015. Acridotheres javanicus,Geotagged,Javan Myna,Singapore,Summer

Behavior

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.

The Javan Myna 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).

Reproduction

It lays 2-6 eggs. Javan Myna can live 8 to 20 years.

Food

It eats ants, worms, fruits, human feeds, insects and grains.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassAves
OrderPasseriformes
FamilySturnidae
GenusAcridotheres
Species
Photographed in
Malaysia
Singapore