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Keeping Mynahs for a cool PetPicture Mynah Bird
Mynah Birds are prolific talkers, famous for their ability to mimic,
but seem to quit learning after 2 years of age.
They can learn up to 100 words.
A mynah bird usually bonds closest to the person who cleans up its cage,
provides food and water and from whom it gets the most attention.
A mynah bird is not usually particular in who it talks to and a really
tame mynah will go to almost anyone after spending just a
little time socializing.
Mynah birds have a good memory and if a mynah was mistreated by
someone in its past, it will dislike the presence of a similar
Mynahs naturally attack birds smaller than themselves. If you keep
more than one variety of bird, it's best to keep a mynah separated
Mynah Birds are not good at learning tricks or cuddling.
Facts about Mynahs
Some Mynahs can live from 10 to 20 years
They are about inches in length
Mynahs come from Ceylon, India and Indonesia.
Most Mynahs are monomorphic, meaning males and females look the same.
Other than lab testing, there is no real reliable way to tell the
difference, other than to see which one lays the eggs.
For more than 2,000 years, the Mynah bird has been considered sacred
in India. On feast days, individual birds were pulled through the
city on oxen.
In ancient Greece, the Mynah was kept among the aristocracy as a pet.
Mynahs are a member of the starling family.
Minimum cage size is 2 feet by 4 feet by 2 feet
A nest box is recommended for them to sleep in.
Keep cages away from drafts, open windows and the kitchen.
Mynahs are sensitive to smoke and strong odors. Cover the
cage at night to prevent drafts.
Have perches of different widths, diameters and textures
to help keep a Mynah's feet healthy. Natural perches are best to use.
What to Feed Mynahs
About 50 to 60% of a Mynah's diet should be low iron, softbill
pellets to supply protein, vitamins and minerals.
Apples, pears, peaches, guavas, grapes (sweet), mangos, papaya, plums.
Avoid too many bananas since they contain a lot of sugar.
Fruit needs to be ripe and sweet. Some fruits are too acidic until
they become ripened and sweet. Avoid fruits that are high in iron such
as raisins. Dried fruits are high in iron and are not recommended
Remove seeds from fruit as some seeds are toxic to birds.
Green vegetables such as peas, green beans (and any type of beans),
sweet potatoes, broccoli, are all high in iron and should be avoided.
Check the iron content of vegetables before offering any to your mynahs.
Mynahs should always have access to clean, fresh water.
Don't use tap water. We recommend Steam Distilled water
for it's purity.
Mynah pairs need meal worms during the breeding season and when they are
feeding their babies. During the breeding season meal worms need to be made
available to the breeding pair. About 5% of the diet being meal worms is
sufficient, and the parent birds will feed some of these to their babies
Signs a Pet Mynah is Healthy
Clear, bright eyes
Clean, smooth feathers
Eats throughout the day
A curious and active disposition
It is not unusual for Mynah Birds to sneeze.
Signs a Pet Mynah may be getting sick
Change in droppings in excess of two days
Decreased appetite; weight loss
Decreased activity and grooming behavior
Discharge from nose or mouth; sneezing
Feathers fluffed for prolonged periods of time
Sitting at the bottom of cage
Wheezing or coughing