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myna \my"na\, mynah \my"nah\, n. [See Mino bird.] (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of Asiatic starlings of the genera Acridotheres, Sturnopastor, Sturnia, Gracula, and allied genera. In habits they resemble the European starlings, and like them are often caged and taught to talk. See Hill myna, under Hill, and Mino bird. [Spelt also mynah.]


n. The south and east Asian birds of the starling family Sturnidae.


n. tropical Asian starlings [syn: mynah, mina, minah, myna bird, mynah bird]


The myna (also known as mynah) is a bird of the starling family (Sturnidae). This is a group of passerine birds which are native to southern Asia, especially India. Several species have been introduced to areas like North America, Australia, South Africa, Fiji and New Zealand, especially the common myna which is often regarded as an invasive species. Often known as "Selarang" in Singapore, due to their high population located at the area.

Mynas are not a natural group; instead, the term myna is used for any starling in the Indian subcontinent, regardless of their relationships. This range was colonized twice during the evolution of starlings, first by rather ancestral starlings related to the coleto and Aplonis lineages, and millions of years later by birds related to the common starling and wattled starling's ancestors. These two groups of mynas can be distinguished in the more terrestrial adaptions of the latter, which usually also have less glossy plumage except on the heads and longer tails. The Bali myna which is nearly extinct in the wild is highly distinctive.

Some mynas are considered talking birds, for their ability to reproduce sounds, including human speech, when in captivity.

"Myna" is derived from the Hindi language mainā which itself is derived from Sanskrit madanā.

Myna (film)

Myna is a 2013 Indian Kannada language romance drama film written and directed by Nagashekar. Based on a real-life incident, the film was produced by N. S. Rajkumar for Vajreshwari Combines. Chetan Kumar and Nithya Menen played the lead roles. Jassie Gift is the music director for the film. The film won Filmfare Award for Best Film – Kannada.

Myna (disambiguation)

The myna is a bird of the starling family.

Myna may refer to:

  • Myna (film), 2013 Kannada romantic drama film
  • Myna Potts (born 1927), U.S. historical preservationist
  • Myna (character), character in comics album series Yoko Tsuno

Usage examples of "myna".

Then we ate lunch and listened to Myna read a short story about a solar system inhabited by oxycephalic creatores who give birth to their own mothers.

Since there was no workout scheduled for Friday, I thought it would be a good idea to end the week as it had begun, a picnic with Myna and the Chalk sisters.

On a perch in the cage was a coal-black myna with eyes that were simultaneously bright and dark, like little drops of oil glistening in moonlight.

Although the myna was cute and appealing, its basically reptilian view of the world was most likely cold, strange, and utterly alien.

Lying crosswise on the sweat-dampened sheets of his bed, a naked Pitt gazed out the open window at a pair of myna birds who were fighting over a disinterested female perched in a neighboring palm tree.

As if on cue, the myna birds began their noisy antics again, shattering the brief silence.

I got to talking to Myna, and one thing led to another and we got to talking about Mo.

Tony waited impatiently outside his house for the rest of the day, eating all of the ice cream and cake and teasing his myna bird, and finally, at just about sunset, he saw the lions approaching on the horizon and ran over to collect his present.

Caesar was my myna bird, rescued in some unknown, unknowable, miraculous fashion from the holocaust of the exorcism.

He glared at the myna, but the myna simply ruffled its feathers indifferently and looked away.

It was the bird, the myna or whatever it was, the one that belonged to Horris Kew.

Her distress over losing the cherished tape was forgotten when she heard her myna bird squawking and a pungent odor drifted into the living room from the kitchen.

Starling mites might bite you if you let starlings or mynas nest in your ceiling and the straw mite might if you are in contact with stored straw or grains.

Two types of birds predominated, the mynas, who strutted about gesturing awkwardly and making unharmonious, scolding squawks, and the less noticeable doves, moving more slowly, almost politely, some of them seeming to bob up and down as they fanned out their tail feathers and cooed in melodious voices.

When set at liberty it would lie waiting in the grass for mynas and sparrows, springing upon them from the cover like a cat, and when sparrows, as it frequently happened, ventured into its cage to steal the boiled rice, it would feign sleep, retire into a corner, and dart on them with unerring aim.