Australian Bush Birds
Common Myna  -  Acridotheres tristris
Acridotheres tristris
Common Myna in urban environment in inner Melbourne.
map map The Common Myna (Acridotheres tristris) has a reddish-brown body becoming darker blackish-brown on the head, wings and tail. Legs and feet are deep yellow, the beak is yellow and a yellow patch of skin around the eye tapers backward to a point. Head appears to be covered by a black or blackish brown 'hood'. The long, dark brown tail has a white tip. In flight, white outer wing panels are exposed. Male and female similar, juvenile is duller and more brown with a less prominent black head. Grows to 23-25 centimetres.

The Common Myna is seen in small to large flocks and roosts in large numbers. A successful scavenger around habitations as well as taking insects, fruits and young of other birds. Builds nests in tree hollows and crevices of buildings including in walls and roof spaces where it can create a fire and vermin hazard. Damages orchards and market gardens and generally considered undesirable. Outside built-up areas it takes over nesting hollows from native birds

Introduced to Melbourne in the mid to late 1800s.

Inhabits urban areas, country towns, farms, agricultural lands, canefields, roadside vegetation. Abundant.