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Common Hill Myna   (Gracula religiosa)
Category: Birds



The superior vocal abilities of these starling relatives make them popular as pets - they are able to reproduce everyday sounds, and even the human voice, with amazing clarity and accuracy. In the wild, they inhabit the hill regions of South Asia and Southeast Asia. The dialects of wild populations of these birds vary so rapidly with distance that birds living more than 9-10 miles away from each other may have no call-types in common with each other.




Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Aves
Order - Passeriformes
Family - Sturnidae
Genus - Gracula
Species - G. religiosa

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Interesting Animal Facts

“Bird Brain” should be taken as a compliment.

Calling someone a “bird brain” is an insult, but perhaps it should be reconsidered given how many birds display high intelligence and adaptability. For just a few examples, the kea from New Zealand can solve logical puzzles and work with other birds in order to acquire food, observations of Cormorants used by Chinese fishermen indicate that the birds can count up to seven, and many species of birds use simple tools such as sticks to help them acquire food or other items that catch their fancy! There is also a cockatoo named Snowball who can dance to the beat of Billy Idol’s “Dancing With Myself,” though whether this indicates intelligence or not may be a matter of debate or personal taste.

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