|The shot shows a relatively
small bird (compared with the grass
leaves) and with a rather stocky build.
Most striking is the spiky black head
with the appearance of earmuffs at
the side and contrasting with the
purplish-brown body, albeit over-lit
in the foreground. The yellow legs
look strong suggesting a bird that
spends a lot of time on the ground.
Even from a rear view there should
be no difficulty about identifying
this as a Common Myna Acridotheres
tristis. A side view would show the
bare yellow face patch, which is bordered
with thick feathers creating the earmuff
impression from the rear. It would
also show the white wing patch, whitish
vent and white tipped black tail.
In the Delhi area in recent years
a few birds have been seen that are
completely bare-headed (presumably
as a result of some skin infection).
Even they are identifiable from their
general coloration and build.
Mynas are very familiar birds and
their adaptation to human environments
has made them very successful. They
have been introduced successfully