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How to tell the difference between Noisy Miners and Indian Mynas

A lot of people want to know how to tell a Noisy Miner from an Indian Myna. It’s easy to distinguish between the two. Here’s a bunch of photos to help.

Noisy Miner

ABOVE: Noisy Miner

The Noisy Miner Manorina melanocephala is a predominantly grey nectar-feeding bird indigenous to Australia. That’s one in the photo above. The Indian Myna (Acridotheres tristis) — also known as the Indian Mynah or Common Myna — is an introduced species and is a chocolate-brown bird with a black head. This page is meant only to help you see the differences in their appearance, but I have more information about the Noisy Miner here and the Indian Myna here.

Some things they have in common

They’re about the same size. Both birds are known for their aggression — the Noisy Miner can be extremely territorial over an area with nectar-producing plants and the Indian Myna can attack other birds to get the best nesting holes.

From this point on I’ll show the differences. I’ll let the pictures say the rest.

Noisy Miner

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Indian Myna

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