Pied Myna (Sturnus contra) – Also known as Asian Pied Starling
Field Characters: A trim black and white myna with orange orbital skin, and deep orange-and- yellow bill. Sexes alike. Parties and Rocks about villages and cultivation.
Habits: Rarely met with away from the neighbourhood of villages, towns, and cities where refuse dumps afford attractive feeding. Commonly seen in attendance on grazing cattle, particularly On moist or marshy environs of village tanks.
Call: A number of pleasent high pitched notes, some reminiscent of snatches from the flight’ song of the Finch Larks.
Nesting: Season: March to September. Nest — large, untidy, globular, of twigs, leaves, grass and rubbish, with a lateral entrance. In branch of mango or similar tree 15 to 30 ft lip, sometimes 3 or 4 nests in the same tree. Eggs -4 or 5, glossy blue. Both sexes share in building the nest and care of the young.
Shot at a village near Gujranwala, Punjab, Pakistan.