Javan Myna moving north in Peninsular Malaysia

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“[The Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus)], a coloniser, is moving up the peninsular, but yet to reach my city (from my experience is found about 50 km south of Ipoh).

“The commonest myna at this resort [Nilai, Negeri Sembilan] and large numbers using the golf course to forage, in small social groups.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
5th October 2011

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  1. I used to remember as a 4 year old living in Singapore in the 70’s I had caught Common Mynas to keep as pets. It was harder to catch a Javan Myna and more sought after as I was told they were better at learning how to talk.

    Being larger and more aggressive, individual pairs of Common Mynas often drive away the smaller Javan Myna.

    Now in the 21’st century, tables have been turned. Javan Mynas are now the more common species and they are more aggressive when present in larger numbers.

    It is now getting hard to find a Common Myna around these days.

    Whenever I visit the middle east, the sight of large numbers of Common Mynas and their calls remind me of my younger days.

    Time to pay a tribute to all my loyal Common Myna pets who’ve spent countless hours roaming the gardens of my grandmother’s house together with me and have passed on to the happy hunting grounds. They have taught me many lessons on when to and when not to get into fights. And when the boy and the dog is with you, let’s even take on the crow for good measure.

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