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myna

or mynah, mina, minah

[mahy-nuh] /ˈmaɪ nə/
noun
1.
any of several Asian birds of the starling family Sturnidae, especially those of the genera Acridotheres and Gracula, certain species of which have the ability to mimic speech and are kept as pets.
Origin of myna
1760-1770
1760-70; < Hindi mainā
Can be confused
miner, minor, myna.
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  • The Indian myna, a city bird, has both white wing-patch and white-tipped tail.

    An Australian Bird Book John Albert Leach
  • Indeed the usual lure bird for a red-headed merlin is a myna.

    Glimpses of Indian Birds Douglas Dewar
  • A myna is a self-assertive bird, a bird that will stand no nonsense.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • The other species of myna follow the plough, but not so consistently as the bank myna.

    Glimpses of Indian Birds Douglas Dewar
  • By the time it is really dark every bird, be he myna or pond heron, is sufficiently satisfied to hold his tongue.

    Glimpses of Indian Birds Douglas Dewar
  • The same may be said of the myna, the king-crow, and a great many other birds and beasts.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • The white-throated laughing-thrush (Garrulax albigularis) is a handsome bird larger than a myna.

  • Owing to the self-assertion of the myna he is apt to be quarrelsome.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • What a transformation does a shower of rain effect in the myna.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • My experience shows him to be nearly as omnivorous as the myna.

    Jungle Folk Douglas Dewar

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