Acridotheres javanicus is a medium-sized myna belongs to the family Sturnidae. It is known as the Javan Myna. Compared to other myna, this species has black plumage with yellow bill and legs. Also, the crest is long and the vent is white (Strange, 2000). Javan Myna is an introduces species to south Peninsular Malaysia since 1970s and spreading northward (Jeyarajasingam & Pearson, 2012), and Sarawak since 1980s (Philipps, 2014). It is originally come from Java, but it is widespread in Asia. Normally, it occurs in open country, parks, garden, orchards, oil palm plantation and the forest edge (Jeyarajasingam & Pearson, 2012). The major threat for Javan myna is the bird trade (IUCN, 2017). [Source: MyBIS]
I was lucky to have an opportunity to photography the rare, leucistic javan myna. White coloured, compared to the normal black-greyish ones. However, the eyes, beak and legs are the same colour, thus the leucistic term instead of albino.
Name: Leucistic javan myna
Scientific: Acridotheres javanicus
Malay: Tiong Jambul Jawa / Tiong Tongkang Puteh
IUCN Red List (v3.1, 2016): Vulnerable
Gear: SONY α1 + SEL200600G + SEL14TC
Location: Taman Botani Perdana, Kuala Lumpur
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