It Talks, But It Is Not A Parrot – The Mynah Bird

August 22, 2018

It Talks, But It Is Not A Parrot – The Mynah Bird

(Pretty much anything about the Mynah Birds)

Mynah birds are prolific talkers, and are famous for their ability to mimic not only human speech but also some oddly peculiar sounds. They are not particular in who they talks to and a really tame Mynah bird would go to almost anyone after spending just a little time socializing. If you want a chatty, entertaining, and intelligent bird to be your companion at home, then the Mynah bird could be the best pet for you.

Their striking features and friendly personality make this bird a favorite among bird enthusiasts, who consider the Mynah one of the best avian mimics of human speech, being second to the gray parrot. If you get a mynah bird as a pet, then you should be more prepared for it to do more than repeat the things you say. These birds have a wide and varied "vocabulary" that includes whistling, screeching and other noises that are oddly human-sounding. So,If you think a mynah is the bird for you, then read on. You may also like mynah bird facts.


Mynah Birds as Pets

It is important that you acquire your mynah bird from a reputable domestic mynah breeder, so as to avoid supporting wildlife smugglers, who are responsible for the deaths of vast numbers of birds captured in the wild.

It may be a challenge to obtain one; however, there are a number of online resources that will assist you in locating a good breeder. Mynah birds are very active and vocal birds. So, while they can make great family companions, potential owners need to consider the space and attention that a Mynah bird requires.

Unlike other pet birds, Mynah birds don't climb, so the bird cage needs to be large enough to allow a bird to fly or hop from one perch to another. Since Mynah birds mate for life, it's advisable to get a pair, which may result in chicks if the environment is conducive for the birds to reproduce. Adult male and female Mynah birds look alike, so the only way to tell if you have a male or female bird is through a DNA test at an avian vet.

Mynah birds are prone to hemochromatosis, which is a condition where the liver collects too much iron and results in toxic levels. As a result, Mynah birds must be fed an appropriate diet and have regular veterinary care to stay healthy. With proper veterinary care and nutrition, Mynah birds can live up to 25 years.


A little Fruit and Some Veggies would be Good...

(Giving your pet Myna the proper food for their Diet)

Mynah birds are omnivorous birds. They will eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, but also will eat many small agricultural pests. In the winter, when insects are in short supply, mynah birds can be seen rummaging through rubbish and eating insects along the road. Mynah birds are strategic eaters, and will help themselves to some bird food or even smaller fledgling birds.

Pet Mynahs diet should be 50 to 60% low iron, soft bill pellets for protein, minerals, and vitamin supplements. When feeding your pet Mynah fruits, always remember to avoid bananas for they contain a lot of sugar. Fruits need to be ripe and sweet. Some fruits are too acidic until they become ripened and sweet.

Avoid fruits that are high in iron (such as raisins) for dried fruits are high in iron and are not recommended for soft bills. Remove seeds from fruits as some seeds are toxic for birds. Green vegetables (like lima beans, green beans, or any type of beans), sweet potatoes, and broccoli are all high in iron and should be avoided.

Check the iron content of the vegetables before you feed it to your pet Mynahs, and they should always have access to clean, fresh water.

Mynah birds also eat insects and some meal worms, and because of their omnivorous eating habits, Mynah birds have been introduced to a wide range of countries around the world to eat agricultural pests. You might want to check this also: Foods and Treats For Bird for more ideas about food intake of your pet birds.




Time for Your Check Up!

(Signs of having healthy or sick Mynah bird)

Just like any other pet owners, taking care of your own pets, and ensuring their health and well-being, and as well as their happiness is a necessary thing to do. And it is important that us owners have the idea on how your Mynahs are feeling.So, how to know the signs that your Pet Mynah is well and healthy?


Here are some signs:

  • Clear Bright Eyes (Like us humans, having clear bright looking eyes is also health for pet birds like Mynahs)

  • Clean, Smooth feathers

  • Tends to eat throughout the day (Of course, when your bird is feeling fine, it would do all the things that your birds usually do every day)

  • Have a Curious and active disposition

    While you already know the signs if your Mynah bird is healthy, here are some additional information in telling that your little friend going to get sick:

    • Change in droppings in excess of two or more days

    • Decreased appetite and weight loss. (Who wouldn’t lose a couple of pounds if you are suffering from an appetite loss?)

    • Decreased appetite and Grooming behavior

    • Discharge from nose or mouth and frequent sneezing (Your bird might have a cold, so you better take it to the veterinary as early as possible)

    • Feathers fluffed or prolonged period of time

    • Sitting at the bottom of their bird cage

    • Wheezing and coughing

    Note: It is not unusual for Mynah birds to sneeze.


    Fascinating Facts about Mynah Birds

    (Basically all about the facts that you need to know about Mynah Birds)

    • They are Practically Asians

    Mynah Birds is from the Starling family (Sturnidae), a group of passerine birds which are native to Southern Asia, especially in India, Indonesia, and Ceylon (Now called Sri Lanka). Several species of the Mynah birds have been introduced to areas like North America, Australia, South Africa, Fiji, and New Zealand specifically the Common Mynah.

    • They are Really Friendly

    Mynah birds are lively, sanguine, and sometimes may be a bit aggressive, but despite of that they are also very friendly and cheerful. They can get along with their new owners really for just spending a little of their time socializing.

    • They are Prone to Liver Problems. “Oh My Liver…”

    Mynahs are prone to liver problems. They are prone to hemochromatosis, which is a condition where the liver collects too much iron and results in toxic levels.

    • They are Not Into Chewing. “Chewing is not my thing.”

    Mynah birds do not chew like the way parrots do, and so they are not as destructive. But they have something in common…They are just as messy, and often tend to throw their food all over the place

    • They are Smart. “I’m talented, and I know it.”

    Mynah birds are extremely intelligent and trainable. They can learn tricks, but are not as capable as most parrots are at it. They are capable of learning to mimic human speech and can easily learn to say around 100 words. Not only do they mimic words, they also mimic tone and clarity. Males and females talk equally well. However, Mynah birds seem to stop learning new words once they reach two years of age. They usually do not screech and scream like parrots, but they can be just as noisy; they have a rather shrill whistle (Which can sometimes be really annoying and irritatingly loud). So, If you are planning to have a Mynah Bird as a companion for life, then get a hand-fed baby that is just 6-8 weeks old. The younger your Myna bird is, the more they are tamable and trainable.

    • They Have Group Name. “Me and My Clique.”

    A group of Mynah Birds is collectively known as a “local” or a “statutory”.

    • They Can Be a Pet. “I am a Great Pet”

    Mynah birds have been kept as pets for several thousand years.They were kept by the rich and affluent in Ancient Greece and in India they were considered sacred birds and thus were honored and treated with great respect.


    Just a Little Word of Advice…

    (How to properly take care of your pet Mynahs)


    Creating a Comfy Atmosphere

    By making your pet Myna live a comfortable, happy life with you; providing it with a sturdy, but comfy Bird cage is a great start. Your Mynah’s bird cage should provide easy access for cleaning as well as plenty of room for your bird.The typical dimensions of a mynah bird cage are 3-4 feet wide (90-100cm) by 2 feet tall (60cm) by 2 feet deep (60cm). Because they are such a rarity, it can be hard to find an affordable cage that is specifically made for mynah birds. Most large cages are built for parrots that require less room. (for more varieties of cage online, you can check aviariesdepot.com.au for quality and heavy-duty cages you pet bird will definitely like)

    Because they enjoy hopping around, place a variety of wooden or plastic bird perches in your mynah bird’s cage. The diameters of the perches should be about one inch (2.5cm). These will help prevent foot injuries and the development of arthritis. By selecting some bird perches, always remember to avoid getting the perches made of bird because their toenails can get caught in it.

    Find a convenient spot in your home, which preferably the ones near the window that can get some sunlight (but not directly in it). Mynah birds also enjoy room temperature (76 degrees Fahrenheit or 24 degrees Celsius) but can acclimate to slightly colder temperatures. If your bird does not have any exposure to sunlight; you may need to install a light fixture


    Let’s Exercise!

    If your mynah bird has been socialized since birth, you can let it out of its cage to fly around your home.

    However, before you let your bird out of its cage, make sure that you have closed all of the windows and doors, turned off any fans, covered any water deposits, and ensured that there are no predators around, such as house cats (Birdie might be little kitty’s dinner).

    Also, remember that mynah birds are not a hands-on bird and will not perch on your hand like a parrot. You might want to clip your bid’s wings. Without proper clipping, Mynah birds can lose their balance and have a difficult time in landing, which can result to injuries and even death.

     

    Hey Hooman, I want to play!

    Mynah birds are very active and will tend to play all throughout the day, so providing your Mynahs some Bird Toys to keep them entertained will be a great choice.

    Purchase Bird toys and other playful things (Such as mirrors, bells, bottle caps, and other small items that can serve as toys) for your mynah bird. These products will help keep your bird happy and engaged. Always remember to avoid small rope toys because, again they can get in your bird’s tongue or toenails.

     

    Splish Splash It’s Bath Time!!

    Mynah birds are fastidious creatures and bathe multiple times a day. So, to be able to meet their needs, and to avoid them from taking a bath in their drinking water, place a bird bath inside the bird cage. Always make sure that the water in the bird bath is clean for some bird droppings will most likely fall in it throughout the day. Because of their sensitivity to chemicals and pathogens, be sure to fill your bird’s bath with distilled or fresh water.

     

    I’m a Social Bird

    The easiest way to socialize a mynah bird is to buy it as a chick. Ideally, this means purchasing a 6-8 week old bird. Mynah birds begin speaking at three to four months and tend to quit learning new words once they reach two years of age.

    Unless you are okay with the words that they have already learned, you may want to consider a baby mynah bird. Begin speaking to the young bird as soon as you bring it home. Initially, give it simple words like “hello” or “hi”.

    Teach them specific words. In order to train it, simply pick a short word or phrase and say it every time you see your bird. Unfortunately, you only have about a year and a half to teach them those words. Although mynah’s can learn new words until about the age of two, your mynah is the most impressionable between the ages of three and nine months. 

    Just like any other bird you can get as a pet, Mynah birds have also their unique characteristics and charm those owners will really love. They might be a bit messy at some point and even very loud sometimes (or maybe almost all the time...). These birds are just plain talkative and yeah... They are just birds, who do, well… bird things.