Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)
Location: Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii
According to the Hawaii Audubon Society, the Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis) was introduced to Hawaii from India in 1865. Mynas are abundant in our area.
This individual and its mate live in our garden. We call the pair "Heckle and Jeckle." I know that the cartoon Heckle and Jeckle were magpies, but the names seem to suit our Mynas. They can be quite comical. They have a goofy gait: instead of hopping like so many birds do, they walk (and sometimes run), one foot at a time. They perch in our trees and on the peak of our roof and behave like bossy overseers. They screech at us when we walk through the garden and scold the other birds that come to our feeders.