Indian Mynah (species: Acridotheres tristis) in Lane Cove NP (Gaia Guide)
Acridotheres tristis
Indian Mynah

©Richard Taylor: Indian Mynah (Acridotheres tristis)

©Arthur Chapman: Indian Mynah (Acridotheres tristis)

©Leo: Indian Mynah (Acridotheres tristis)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Sturnidae
Genus Acridotheres
Species Acridotheres tristis
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

It has a brown body, black hooded head and the bare yellow patch behind the eye. The bill and legs are bright yellow. There is a white patch on the outer primaries and the wing lining on the underside is white. The sexes are similar. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 23 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 33 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

It is native to Asia with its initial home range spanning from Iran, the entire South Asia including Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka; as well as Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Myanmar, to Malaysia, Singapore, peninsular Thailand, Indo-China and China.  It has since been introduced to many other locations.

It is typically found in open woodland, cultivation and around habitation. (Wikipedia)

Local abundance

  • Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand: locally common


It is omnivorous. It feeds on insects, arachnids, crustaceans, reptiles, small mammals, seeds, grain and fruits and discarded waste from human habitation. It forages on the ground among grass for insects, and especially for grasshoppers. (Wikipedia)

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