These queer mynas like visiting us after the rain, alerting us to their presence with their funny curious cries. When we first saw one, we thought it was a myna with a carrot in its mouth and a banana peel on its head! 😛 After getting clearer pictures, though, we think its yellow wattles look like a yellow headdress that a pharaoh would wear.
Description: The common hill myna (Gracula religiosa), usually just called the hill myna, is a jet-black myna (like the common myna and Javan myna), but has an orange beak and bright orange-yellow patches of skin and fleshy wattles on both sides of its head and nape. It can produce an extraordinarily wide range of calls like whistles, wails and gurgles. In captivity, they can learn to mimic human voices and everyday sounds! They rarely land on the ground and like to stay in forested areas.
Status: Uncommon resident breeder in Singapore.
Diet: Fruits like figs, insects and even small lizards!
Fun fact: Instead of the usual jaunty gait of other mynas like the Javan myna, the hill myna hops! It moves from branch to branch in sideways hops.
12 January 2015
The fruiting tree attracted a lot of birds, including this curious hill mynah.
6th January 2015
Hill mynah gazing off into the distance…
2nd December 2014
1st December 2014
Peekaboo! Can you find me? :3
30th November 2014
Today we took the cover image! 🙂 The hill mynah pair were happily eating the palm fruits.
26th October 2014
First we saw 2 hill mynas, on their favourite fruit tree :3
(secretly snacking during the family shot)
5th October 2015
I want to be the next bird of peace! Move over, dove!
23rd September 2014