Mynah birds can be purchased from local domestic breeders, or adopted from local animal shelters. This breed used to be imported from the wilds of Africa, Asia and Latin America. However, excessive trade and habitat destruction led Congress to ban the import of mynah and other birds in 1992, passing the Wild Bird Conservation Act.Continue Reading
Mynahs are a popular breed of bird because of their lively personalities and ability to mimic speech. Like parrots, they can be trained to repeat words and phrases. They can also be taught to mimic sounds, such as sirens.
There are several sub-breeds of this popular bird, including the Greater Indian Hill, the Java Hill and the Lesser Hill mynah. The Great Indian Hill mynah is the most coveted breed because of its ability to mimic a wide range of sounds. The Java Hill mynah is popular because of its ability to mimic deeper voices, and it's more proficient than other breeds at mimicking human speech.
Mynahs can be taken home once they reach six weeks of age. Healthy mynahs have full plumes of feathers, bright eyes, unobstructed nasal passages and clean feathers around their vents. Mynahs' long life spans make owning one a long-term, and perhaps lifelong, commitment.Learn more about Pet Birds
A couple of ways to find birds looking for a good home is to check the local animal shelter or a pet rescue site like Rescueme.org or Petfinder.com A list of rescue organizations is also available on the BeautyofBirds.com. Many birds are also listed for free on Craigslist.Full Answer >
Pet mynah birds should be fed a diet consisting primarily of fruits and vegetables. Apples, strawberries, blueberries, pears, grapes, bananas and mangos are all suitable fruits for mynah birds, as long as they are washed, rinsed and dried. Kale, carrots, corn and sweet potatoes are examples of suitable vegetables.Full Answer >
Pet parrots can be bought online from individual breeders who list them on sites such as Bird Breeders and Birds Now. Most sellers are willing to ship their birds, but some require local pickup. Both of these sites have search options for finding local birds as well.Full Answer >
Pet stores, aviaries and private breeders legally sell parrots in the United States, and buyers can verify a bird's legality by obtaining proper documentation from the seller. For imported parrots, an official CITES permit and a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declaration form guarantee that the bird is legal.Full Answer >