Brahminy Mayna ,Brahminy Starling Or KARINTHALACHIKKALI (കരിന്തലച്ചികാളി)

BRAHMINY MYNA ,BRAHMINY STARLING OR KARINTHALACHIKKALI

BRAHMINY MYNA ,BRAHMINY STARLING OR KARINTHALACHIKKALI

BRAHMINY STARLING

 

It was  a sultry day of Meenamasam.Though  the back yard was  close to the agricultural fields; it bore a  barren look because of the excessive heat of the sun..I reached there to see if the mangoes  were  ripe enough.!when I reached the plot at Manissery near Ottappalam,  the birds were renewing the world with songs. Most of  them were  familiar sounds.

 

BRAHMINY STARLING

BRAHMINY STARLING

I felt some thing strange… a pair of  pale mynas have a musical call notes that are made up of a long slurred notes that ended abruptly.  I spotted two myna like birds.I could n’t recognize them.They  flitted across the branches, and returned to the  hole on the teak tree close to the house. One of them slipped into  the  hole ,the other skimmed through the air .. After some time the other returned to the hole on the `teak tree with worms and food stuff in its beak.

BRAHMINY STARLING

BRAHMINY STARLING

 

Later both of them flew down and sat on the ground seeking food.if the Orioles sat on ground treasure hunters used to mark the space , so  that they may get a specific clue to dig out treasure.!They walk in small steps around the termite mounts peck at it.Being  omnivorous, insects  are included in  its staple food.I have seen two types of mynas only.They are  jungle myna and common myna.it,s different in  colour !

Stumia Pagodarum

Stumia Pagodarum

 

We know as per the Goglers rule   ;the birds of north western  region have paler  colours comparing  the southern counter parts , I thought,there is no bright yellow patch behind the  eye.!The head is black hooded in the case of common myna!common myna is adapted to the urban environment,but this fowl’s bill is not yellow at the base.It doesnt have white and black primaries of the wings. common mynas builds nests in tree holes.Later my ornithologist friend recognized it as Brahminy starlling’.

 

BRAHMINY MYNA ,BRAHMINY STARLING OR KARINTHALACHIKKALI

BRAHMINY MYNA ,BRAHMINY STARLING OR KARINTHALACHIKKALI

King fishers ,Parrots.Orioles,Paradise fly catcher,Roller at flight  and  Herons under line their presence through the marvelous colours..They are like air flowers bloom on foliage.Swallows steal the show by cutting through the air! Magpie robin winnows the tail.Indian Koel , Indian Cuckoo and Common hawk Cuckoo,

BRAHMINY MYNA

BRAHMINY MYNA

 

…they enchant us with their mellifluous sound.Brahminy starlings has nothing to boast of We call that brahminy starling, .Brahminy myna or Karinthalachikkali. As the Malayalam word suggest this myana had a distinct shining  black cap and a loose crest. This bird is as big as the mynas and  pale brown in colour.This pesserine has a  fancy for dry forests,scrub jungle and water logged areas,these birds sit on ground while searching food. .They visit flowers for nectar.

 

BRAHMINY MYNA

BRAHMINY MYNA

.Karinthalachikkali builds nests in tree holes.Breeding season is march to september.The nest is usually lined with feathers and rags.Brahminy mynas is not so common in the western blocks of Palghat distrist.