Hindi name: Ganga maina
Bank myna is similar to Common myna except is smaller and have brick red coloured bare skin behind eyes. It has got its name from habit of nesting exclusively in the earthen banks of rivers. It is a gregarious bird.
How does the bird appear…
The crown is black. The sides of the head are slaty-grey with lighter grey underside and pink plumage towards the center of abdomen. The wing is black but has a wing patch at the base of the primaries and the tips of the outer tail feathers are pale pinkish buff. Iris is deep red while bare skin around eyes is brick red. Legs are yellow.
Young bird have brown head and neck.
Habitat: Where to find this bird?
This bird is found in vicinity of open water. It is found in cultivated farmlands and open country. The flocks can be seen in cities around markets.
It feeds on grains, insects and fruits. It also feeds on food scrap disposed by human.
Breeding & Nesting
Breeding season is from April to July. It nests on earth walls on the banks of the river, embankments or the sides of open wells. Eggs hatch after about 13-14 days. Nestlings open their eyes after about 5 days and fledge in about 21 days.