Acridotheres tristis, Lin.
684. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 325 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 494; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 413; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 178; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 128.
THE COMMON MYNA.
Length, 10; wing, 5.25; tail, 3.5 ; tarsus, 1.4; bill at front, 0.85.
Bill yellow; irides red-brown with white specks; legs dull-yellow ; orbits deep-yellow.
The whole head, with moderate occipital crest, neck and breast, glossy black ; the rest of the plumage quaker or snuff-brown, darkest on the back and wing-coverts, and lightest beneath; primaries black, with a white spot at their base, forming a conspicuous wing-spot; tail black with a white tip, successively broader from the centre pair; lower abdomen, vent, and under tail-coverts white.
This Myna is a common permanent resident throughout the district, breeding from June to August. They nest indifferently, in holes, in trees or walls, in deserted crow nests, under the eaves of verandahs, and occasionally, but very rarely, they build a cup-shaped nest in a fork of a tree. The eggs, four or five in number, are rather longish ovals in shape, of a glossy blue-green color, and average 1.19 inches in length by about 0.86 in breadth.