Thursday, October 1, 2009

Makassar Myna - New Bird for Sabah

Edited on 30 March 2018 text with green background.

This species is now  Makassar Myna Acridotheres cinereus.

Mynas are gregarious birds, generally in more open habitat.  In Southeast Asia, Jungle Myna Acridotheres fuscus is classified as common or locally common in some areas (Robson 2008).

Jungle Myna  which is not listed in all the field guides on Borneo currently available has been photographed in Tawau on two occasions, in May 2007 and in June 2008. Mr. Kong Ket Leong and Mr Ku Kok On were there in June 2008 and also noted the peculiarity of the birds. The photos include both Juvenile and adult. Will keep this blog updated if new photos are available in future.

 They are suspected to be either from captive origin or from a ship.

Juv. Jungle Myna  May 2007
Adult Jungle Myna  June 2008

Happy birding.


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Jason Bugay Reyes said...

Nice shots sifu. Any idea where the Jungle Myna from KK came from ? Only 1 single bird captured by Karim last year too.

Wong Tsu Shi said...

Sifu Jason, I think we can safely coclude they are either of captive origin or from a ship also.

Terima Kasih.