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Bank Myna - BirdForum Opus

Breeding Pair
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Gurgaon Rural, Haryana, India, May-2018
Acridotheres ginginianus


22cm (8¾ in). A smallish Myna, locally called Ganga Maina.

  • Grey plumage
  • Black hood and frontal crest
  • Glossy black wing with buff wing-patch
  • Black tail with buff outertail feathers (prominent in flight)
  • Red eye with large bare orange-red cheek-patch
  • Orange bill and legs

Sexes similar.
Juveniles are duller and browner with paler buff markings on wings and reduced buff on tail.


Foothills of eastern Pakistan to southern Nepal, north-central India and Bangladesh. An old record from southeast Afghanistan.

Photo © by vaibhav mishra
Kasganj, Etah, Uttar Pradesh, India, June 2010

Introduced in Japan and United Arab Emirates, also reports from Kuwait, Oman and Saudi Arabia. A rare exotic in Taiwan, but no proof of breeding.
A common species in most of its range.


This is a monotypic species.


Cultivated areas (often near cattle) and cities.


Communal Roosting at dusk
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Dist. Gurgaon, Haryana, India, Jan. 2015

Forms large communal roosts all year, often in sugar cane or reedbeds, also in trees or on buildings.


Omnivorous. Feeds on animal food, fruit, seeds and food waste.
Forages usually in pairs or flocks.


Breeding season mainly from April to June. A monogamous species. Excavates a tunnel in a river bank for its nest. Lays 3 - 6 eggs.


A resident species with some seasonal or nomadic movements in its range.


Recording by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, India, June-2017
Individuals of a feeding party moving through canopy and dry branches and calling on a very hot afternoon. All calls in this recording are by Bank Mynas, only.


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  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. BF Member observations
  3. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2009. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 14: Bush-shrikes to Old World Sparrows. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553507

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