“Due to the presence of the juvenile Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus), there has been an influx of mynas in my neighbourhood; at times in excess of 15 birds. The majority are Common Mynas (Acridotheres tristis) but a number of Jungle Mynas (Acridotheres fuscus) also turn up when the Koel calls.
“I saw this Jungle Myna with odd plumage suggesting a hybrid bird:
1. The blue at the base of the bill, which is unique to the Jungle Mynas, supports the identification (see images: above and below) but the plumage is pale compared to the usual Jungle Mynas (top).
2. I considered a juvenile bird but the yellow iris supports an adult (juveniles light blue or blue-white); although it could still be an immature.
3. I considered some element of leucism (leucistic bird) but the plumage seems well defined and it looks almost like a Pale-bellied Myna (Acridotheres cinereus) which is not found in the region.
4. Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus) hybrids with Jungle Mynas are recognised (Wells 2007) but the predominant Myna we have in the area is the Common Myna; Javan Mynas are still rare. So it is a possibly hybrid of a Jungle Myna with a Common Myna.
5. The other Jungle Myna who was present did not socially accept this bird and it was displaced from feeding on a papaya.
“Appreciate any opinions. More images possible on request.”
Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
26th July 2017
Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Urban environment