That’s not yours, it’s Myna!

The Myna is to Tel Aviv what the Pigeon is to New York City…at least in terms of pervasiveness.

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Mynas are beautiful birds: bright yellow masks and beaks on a black body and black and white aflutter in flight.

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They are crafty and quite invasive – using other birds’ nests, eating a wide variety of food, and mimicking the sounds around them (they are in the same family as the Starling) .  They often work together in packs, like crows.

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Interestingly, but not surprisingly, the Myna is not a native species to Israel.

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It was brought from India by the Zapari (a bird zoo in the Park Hayarkon).  Some Myna escaped the zoo in the mid 90’s and they have been thriving ever since.

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