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Golden-Crested Mynah

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. The back and wings are black and they have an orange beak.
Size
Approximately 21.59 cm (8.5 in.) in length
Diet
Mostly feeds on insects and fruits; sometimes includes small fish, birds and lizards
Incubation
11 to 14 days
Clutch Size
3 to 5 eggs
Fledging Duration
Approximately 3 weeks
Life Span
15 to 20 years
Range
Found in Cambodia; China; India; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Malaysia; Myanmar; Thailand and Vietnam
Habitat
Tropical regions; found in lowland forests
Population
Global: has not been quantified, but the species is reported to be scarce to locally common. The population appears to be decreasing due to habitat destruction and fragmentation.
Status;
IUCN: Least concern
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 prefer to build their nests in holes, tree cavities, but may also use openings in cliff sides, walls or even 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.

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

honoluluzoo.org/mynah_bird.htm

mynahbird.com/articles/mynahs/mynahs.html

BirdLife International. 2017. Ampeliceps coronatus (amended version of 2016 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T22710949A111064635.http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-1.RLTS.T22710949A111064635.en/. Downloaded on 02 November 2018.