They are regular visitors of my home garden and they spent a lot of their time here searching for food, collecting straws and usually chirping happily. They are lively, aggressive and noisy birds that love to live in pairs or in flocks of twenty to thirty birds.
This summer I have an opportunity to observe their breeding nature when a pair of mynas starts making a nest in our bird house. It’s very exciting experience for me to observe their breeding behavior and to wait for the hatching birds to come out and fly away.
It was fun and gradually became my favourite past time activity to observe their day to day activities and how they collect straws, twigs and rubbish for using as nesting materials. They mostly build their nests in trees holes, in abandoned nests of woodpeckers, and rooftops etc. This time they built their nest on a bird house. I tried to peek on their nest and found it rather untidy structure made of leaves, grass, roots and mostly twigs of neem tree.
They are omnivorous bird and can snatch food whenever possible. They are notorious for their snatching and stealing habits and I have some bad experience with this bird when they try to snatch my food from my hands while I was busy gossiping with my friends in the college lawn.
The best time to observe their behavior is in the morning when they came out for the search of food. They usually walk on the ground/ grass with occasional hops and scavenge the grass for insects especially grasshoppers and this is how they have gained their genetic name Acridotheres or grasshopper.
It’s a pleasant delight to see them hopping on the grass searching for their desired food. What I do not like about them is their screeching habits and they do it so frequently that annoy me even more. They vocalize in unison which is known as communal noise. They screech when taking off flights or they screeches warning to their mate in cases of predators close by.
In our culture, they are symbol of everlasting love.
They are worldwide known for their imitating nature. They are excellent imitator and have an ability to mimic almost any sound they hear and therefore they are very popular as cage birds for their singing and speaking abilities.
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