|Mynas on our neighbor's roof|
I love the birds we see every day in Hawaii.
The mynahs are most often seen in pairs, so I suspected they are mating birds.
Being the curious opposable thumbed mammal that I am, I wikipedia'd mynahs and found out some interesting facts:
- They are a member of the starling family. I try not to hold this against them.
- They lay turquoise eggs. Well, only the females.
- They mate for life. Apparently they have iron clad prenups.
- They arrived in Hawaii in the mid-1800's to combat a moth. Like most creatures, they arrived with baggage, including avian malaria. This, and other reasons, makes them the avian bad boys of the islands.
- They nest communally, usually within one kilometer of each other in a tree with a dense canopy. I think we have observed this in one of the hotel parking lots on Banyan Drive. They make "communal noise" (fancy bird phrase skillfully inserted into blog post) I can tell you it's quite a raucous.
- They will eat almost anything, including road kill, although their main diet consists of bugs and fruit.
- They make quite a range of interesting noises. Some of the sounds remind me of the Predator.
For all their faults, I find them charming and love seeing them around. After all, they aren't going anywhere (can't fault them for that, neither am I).
Yep, me and the mynahs, we be mates.