Jungle Myna

Conservation status

Least Concern

Population Trend


Alternate Names


Native Habitat

Woodland, Scrubland


Insects, Fruits


Jungle Myna

Acridotheres fuscus

The Jungle Myna is a member of the starling family. This bird is a common resident breeder in tropical southern Asia from Bangladesh, Pakistan, India and Burma east to Indonesia.

This common passerine is typically found in forest and cultivation. It looks similar to Common Myna. The Jungle Myna builds a nest in hole. The normal clutch is 3-6 eggs.

These 25 cm long birds have grey plumage, darker on the head and wings. There are large white wing patches obvious in flight, and a white tail tip. The head has a forehead tuft. The bill and strong legs are bright yellow, and there is no bare skin around eye. The male and female are similar, but juveniles are browner.

They are usually found close to water OR rice fields. The southern Indian race has a blue iris. Like most starlings, the Jungle Myna is fairly omnivorous, eating fruit, grain and insects. In many parts of Asia, they are kept as pets.

Regional Names
  • Assamese:
    চুটীয়া শালিকা
  • Bengali:
  • Bhojpuri:
    जंगली मैना
  • Gujarati:
    વન કાબર
  • Kannada:
    ಕಾಡು ಗೊರವಂಕ
  • Malayalam:
  • Marathi:
    जंगल मैना, झोंटी मैना
  • Nepali:
  • Sanskrit:
    जाण्ट सारिका, अरण्य सारिका
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Acridotheres fuscus

Quick Facts
  • Iris of this is blue and orbit patch is absent.