A Pair of Martinez Birds (Crested Myna)

Locally called “Martinez,” the Crested Myna (Acridotheres cristatellus) can mimic human speech (as in this video) but is not a parrot. It, however, snubbed me when I tried talking to it.

It it is a popular cage bird, and this pair may have been accidentally released. They roam around the neighborhood but have a favorite perch to watch people from above, specifically towards sundown.

The Crested Myna gets its name from the crest on its front forehead; it is jet-black with a white wing patch. It can be found in China, Taiwan, and some parts of Southeast Asia.


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