Also known as "myna" and "mino" birds.

Class: Aves (Birds)
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Sturnidae
Genus: Acridotheres
Species: Tristis (Common Myna); Cinereus (Jungle Myna); Ginginianus (Bank Myna); Gracula religiosa (Hill Myna).

Any of various starlings of southeast Asia, having bluish-black or dark brown colouration and yellow bills. Certain species, especially the hill myna (Gracula religiosa), are known for their mimicry of human speech. Aldous Huxley's novel Island includes a number of mynah birds whose favourite cries are: "Here and now, boys." and "Attention!"

From the Hindi mainâ, perhaps from Sanskrit madanah: "delightful", "joyful"; or from madati: "it bubbles".

Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition

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