Crested Myna: Medium-sized, black starling with compact bushy crest on forehead, red eyes, prominent white wing patch, white-tipped tail. Bill and legs are yellow. Imitates calls of other birds. Often walks on the ground, foraging for food. Flight is swift and direct on powerful, rapid wing strokes.
Range and Habitat
Crested Myna: In North America found exclusively in urban environments around Vancouver, British Columbia.
It is an introduced songbird from southern China and northern Indochina that has successfully colonized urban and agricultural habitats in and around Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The Crested Myna was first described in 1766 by Carolus Linnaeus, Swedish botanist, physician and zoologist.
A group of mynas are collectively known as a "local" and a "statutory" of mynas.
The Crested Myna has a large range, estimated globally at 1,000,000 to 10,000,000 square kilometers. It is native to the nations of Asia and prefers grassland and pasture land ecosystems, though it has been known to reside in rural and urban areas. The global population of this bird has not been determined, but it does not appear to meet population decline criteria that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. The current evaluation status of the Crested Myna is Least Concern.