Stars in their eyes – Common Myna

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MynaC-Nepal [AmatSingh]

“At times you need to go to foreign land to better appreciate a bird in our own home. I have always valued common birds but not looked hard into the iris of the Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis tristis) until I met some friendly ones in Nepal (above).

MynaC-Nepal [AmatSingh]

“I was surprised to note a circular array of silvery white spots in a close-up view (above, below). It was present in all the Common Mynas I saw in Nepal.

MynaC-Nepal [AmatSingh]

“Looking back at all my images of birds in Malaysia, the same feature is also present. However the pattern and density of the spots varies. I searched on line and came across this lovely article: Feare, Edwards, Taylor, et al. Stars in their eyes: iris colour and pattern in Common Mynas Acridotheres tristis on Denis and North Islands, Seychelles. Bull. B.O.C. 2015 135(1). Available for download HERE.

MynaC-Nepal [AmatSingh]

“Truly stars in their eyes; so much more to learn about the ‘common’ birds. Also note the clear black marking at the base of the lower mandible, also variable in intensity and occasionally a bit bluish.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
7th November 2017

Location: Dhampus, Gandaki Zone, Western Region, Nepal, 1800m ASL
Habitat: Small village with secondary growth

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