Acridotheres ginginianus, Lath.
685. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 326; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 494 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 179 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 128.
THE BANK MYNA.
Length, 8.5; wing, 5 ; tail, 3.25; tarsus, 1.25 ; bill at front, 0.85.
Bill red, yellow at tip ; nude eye-spot reddish ; irides brown legs yellow.
Head with rather short occipital crest; lores, ear-coverts, and nape, glossy black; the rest of the plumage dull cinereous or inky-black, paling beneath; wing black, with the wing-spot ferruginous ; tail black, tipped dull ferruginous; middle of abdomen, of vent, and the under tail-coverts, pale ferruginous ; the frontal feathers are slightly erectile, and those on the side of the head are directed towards the median line.
The Bank Myna is very common throughout Sind and Guzerat ; it also occurs in Central India and Rajputana, but is very locally distributed. It does not appear ever to have been noticed in the Deccan. It is a permanent resident wherever found, breeding in holes in river banks, or wells, during June and July; these holes are excavated by the birds themselves. The eggs, four or five in number, are broadish ovals in shape, and glossy greenish-blue in color.
They average 1.05 inches in length by about 0.81 in breadth.