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An “Uncommon” Common Mynah

March 23, 2012

Over the past month or so, National Park Service staff at Pu`ukohola Heiau National Historic Site on the Big Island of Hawaii have been seeing a very peculiar looking bird. Since being introduced years ago, the “Common Mynah” has been a regular feature of life on the island. However, the bird that we’ve been seeing lately is anything but normal, with its beak looking more like a honeycreeper’s beak…see for yourself!

This is what a normal "Common Mynah" is supposed to look like... (Used by Permission, Copyright, Greg Cunningham)

...and this is what a Hawaiian Honeycreeper ('i'iwi) looks like (notice the beak!)...(Used by Permission, Copyright Greg Cunningham)

...ta da! And here is our "uncommon" common mynah that we've been seeing...(Used by Permission, Copyright, Greg Cunningham)

(Used by Permission, Copyright, Greg Cunningham)

(Used by Permission, Copyright, Greg Cunningham)

(Used by Permission, Copyright, Greg Cunningham)

3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 23, 2012 8:01 am

    That is amazing !

  2. paulo hooperini permalink
    March 23, 2012 9:03 am

    they look like an Amazonian Mynah bird

  3. March 23, 2012 12:36 pm

    It’s a bill deformity – many species can suffer from it. Check out the gallery of birds with similar beaks at the link below.

    http://alaska.usgs.gov/science/biology/landbirds/beak_deformity/gallery.html

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