Sunday, November 7, 2010

Crested Myna

I almost miss this familiar looking myna assuming that it is the usual myna that I seen in Singapore when I was at Taipei, Taiwan.

I took a few shot but didn't pay much attention to it until I cross check my list with the Taiwan bird list than I realised I might have missing something.

After checking the guide book and is confirmed that the myna that I took is actually another entire different species. I mistaken the Crested Myna with Javan Myna!

This is a Crested Myna (Acridotheres cristatellus). One glance it look just like a Javan myna but if you look carefully, it have a different bill shape & colour. The Crested Myna also have a black with white undertail-coverts.

This is a Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus) taken in Singapore Botanic Garden. Javan myna have a clean white undertail-coverts.

I place them side by side, can you tell the difference now?

I took this shots at Taipei and it was raining quite heavily. Is also quite easy to tell the difference when compare with Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis) at below.


  1. The crested myna was also introduced to Singapore, with the first records in the 1980s. However, the last sighting was in 1998, so I guess the population was not able to sustain itself and died out. Perhaps competition from the already established common and Javan mynas played a part?

  2. Hi Ivan

    Thank you. That's the reason I didn't pay attention when I saw it. :)

  3. on another note, how to tell between male and female javan mynas?

  4. Since they don't show sexual dimorphism, probably can't tell their gender by their appearance.