Probably the most abundant and ubiquitous bird on Oahu, the Common Myna was introduced to Hawaii from India in 1865 by Dr. William Hildebrand to combat invasive Army worms. Hawaii has never been the same since. These birds nest in trees but also on buildings and bridges, and are found walking on parking lots, lawns, and beaches all over Oahu.
In the United States, the only other place to see them is in south Florida, where they have become more and more common since first reported in 1983.
I took these shots on Oahu with a Canon PowerShot through my 7x42 Zeiss binoculars.
Rare Bird Alert: July 25, 2014
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