Common Myna in Kaua’i

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Common Myna | Martin triste | Acridotheres tristis: This is a ubiquitous bird on Kaua’i and can be seen almost everywhere on the island. According to an article published by the Hawai’i Biological Survey led by Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, this bird was first brought to Hawai’i (Honolulu) in 1866 and may have arrived only a few years later in Kaua’i, although the first confirmed specimen was only collected in the 1890s. It is considered by many biology and ecology experts to be among the world’s 100 worst invasive species, due to their impact on native birds and mammals. Still, the pure white areas on their wings and tails is quite striking when these birds are in flight.

Taken in Lydgate State Park, on Kaua’i’s east coast, on January 2, 2016, with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR (ISO 640 | 500mm | f/5.6 | 1/1250). Cropped. Not baited, called in or set up.

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