Crested or Chinese Myna: Flight and song

on 27th April 2018

“There is a well-established feral population of Crested Mynas (Acridotheres cristatellus) on the island of Penang that dates possibly back to the 1950s or even 1920s (See Wells 2007). At the venue of my workshop I spotted more than 10 mynas with 2 different pairs nesting LINK. It was the commonest myna I saw around the residential areas while driving to the venue. The sub-species is presumed to be A. c. brevipennis.

I tried some flight images but most were inadequate. Above is a limited image showing the white-wing patch.

The Crested Mynas were very vocal but I had limited time and opportunity for recordings (too much background noise). One recording is given above, with sonogram and waveform shown below. Wells (2007) describes this as a ‘song’. It is a series of discrete notes that sound like “sheeik” (Wells 2007), in this recording repeated 8 times.

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
7th April 2018

Location: Penang Island, Malaysia
Habitat: Urban environment.

Wells, D.R., 2007. The birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsular. Vol. II, Passerines. Christopher Helm, London. 800 pp.

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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