Starlings (Sturnidae)

Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis) - HBW 14, p. 735

French: Martin triste German: Hirtenmaina Spanish: Miná Común
Other common names: Indian/House Myna, Locust Starling

Taxonomy: Paradisea tristis Linnaeus, 1766, Philippines; error = India.
Races perhaps intergrade to some extent in SW India (Kerala). Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • tristis ( Linnaeus, 1766) - Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, S Kazakhstan and Tajikistan S to SE Iran, Afghanistan and almost entire Indian Subcontinent S from Himalayan foothills (except Sri Lanka), thence E to Myanmar, S China (Yunnan and Hainan), Thailand, Indochina, Malay Peninsula and Singapore.
  • melanosternus Legge, 1879 - Sri Lanka.