Golden-Crested Mynah

Golden-Crested Mynah

Birds

SCIENTIFIC CLASSIFICATION

COMMON NAME: golden-crested mynah
KINGDOM: Animalia
PHYLUM: Chordata
CLASS: Aves
ORDER: Passeriformes
FAMILY: Sturnidae
GENUS SPECIES: Ampeliceps coronatus (crown)

FAST FACTS

DESCRIPTION: The golden-crested mynah is a small bird with a bright yellow crest that lays flat against its head. This species also has a blackish back and wings and an orange beak.
SIZE: Approximately 21.59 cm (8.5 in.) in length
WEIGHT: No data
DIET: Mostly feeds on insects and fruits; sometimes includes small fish, birds and lizards
INCUBATION: 11-14 days
CLUTCH SIZE 3-5 eggs
FLEDGING DURATION Approximately 3 weeks
SEXUAL MATURITY: No data
LIFE SPAN: 15-20 years
RANGE: India and Vietnam
HABITAT: Tropical regions; found in lowland forests
POPULATION: GLOBAL Unknown
STATUS: IUCN Not listed
CITES Not listed
USFWS Not listed

FUN FACTS

1. Mynahs are able to learn to mimic human voices or any sounds they choose.
2. The word "mynah" derives from the Sanskrit madana meaning joyful or delightful, which is derived from the root meaning "bubbles". So the derived word "mynah" means "bubbling with joy".
3. Mynahs tend to build their nests in holes, preferably tree cavities, but also sometimes in cliff sides, walls or even sometimes in holes in rooftops.

ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION

Although starlings and mynah birds, are native to Africa and southeast Asia, some were intentionally introduced to North America, Hawaii, and Australia to aid in insect control.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Austin, G. Birds of the World. Golden Press, Inc., New York. 1961.

Gotch, A.F. Birds - Their Latin Names Explained. Poole, Dorst: Blandford Press, 1981.

Gotch, A.F. Birds - Their Latin Names Explained. Poole, Dorst: Blandford Press, 1981.

Gotch, A.F. Birds - Their Latin Names Explained. Poole, Dorst: Blandford Press, 1981.

Perrins, C. M. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Birds: The Definitive Reference to Birds of the World. New York: Prentice Hall Press. 1990.

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