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Species of Thailand

Javan myna

Acridotheres javanicus, Jean Louis Cabanis, 1850

(In Thai: นกเอี้ยงชวา)

The Javan myna (Acridotheres javanicus), also known as the white-vented myna, is a species of myna. It is a member of the starling family. It is native to Bali and Java. It has been introduced to other Asian countries, and as far away as Puerto Rico.


The Javan myna is sometimes included in the great myna (Acridotheres grandis) or the jungle myna (A. fuscus). The International Ornithologists' Union recommends not using the name "white-vented myna" to avoid confusion.


The Javan myna is mainly black. The wings are brownish-black, and the primaries have white bases. The undertail-coverts are white. There is a short crest on the forehead.Its beak, legs and feet are yellow. The eyes are lemon-yellow. The immature is browner. Its length is 21 - 23 cm. Its weight is about 100 g.

Distribution and habitat

The Javan myna is native to Bali and Java, and has been introduced to southeastern Thailand, southern Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra, the Lesser Sundas, Taiwan, Puerto Rico, Japan and Nepal. It is found in cities and cultivated areas.


The Javan myna is omnivorous and eats seeds, fruit, nectar, insects and human waste. It is often found in large groups. Its voice is similar to that of the common myna. It builds its nest in holes. The eggs are bluish-glaucous. Javan mynas are bold and not very afraid of humans. Javan mynas are kept in cages in Malaysia and Indonesia. The birds scavenge in groups, minimum two but usually three or more, with all except one feeding and one usually at a vantage point keeping a look out. If the bird that is keeping watch sees anything that might pose a threat, it alarms the group members with a high pitch tweet and they all flee the area swiftly.

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Category / Seasonal Status

Wiki listed status (concerning Thai population): Introduced

BCST Category: Introduced, with feral breeding stock apparently self-supporting

BCST Seasonal status: Resident or presumed resident

Scientific classification

Acridotheres javanicus

Common names

  • Thai: นกเอี้ยงชวา

Conservation status

Vulnerable (IUCN3.1)

Vulnerable (IUCN3.1)

Vulnerable (IUCN3.1)

Vulnerable (BirdLife)


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Javan myna
Javan myna


Javan myna

Range Map

Distribution map of Javan myna, Acridotheres javanicus in Thailand
  • Sirindhorn Peat Swamp Forest
Range map of Acridotheres javanicus in Thailand