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#5483 Common Hill Myna - Antwerp Zoo (Belgium)

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Common Hill Myna at Antwerp Zoo, also known as Zoo Antwerpen or Zoo d'Anvers (Belgium)

The Common Hill Myna, sometimes spelled "Mynah" and formerly simply known as Hill Myna, is the myna most commonly seen in aviculture, where it is often simply referred to by the latter two names. It is a member of the starling family, resident in hill regions of South Asia and Southeast Asia. It is overall green-glossed black plumage, purple-tinged on the head and neck. Its large, white wing patches are obvious in flight, but mostly covered when the bird is sitting. The bill and strong legs are bright yellow, and there are yellow wattles (loose folds of skin) on the nape and under the eye.