I took this shot at Alipore zoo, Kolkata..
About Black Hill Mayna:-
The common hill myna (Gracula religiosa), sometimes spelled "mynah" and formerly simply known as hill myna, is the myna bird most commonly seen in aviculture, where it is often simply referred to by the latter two names. It is a member of the starling family (Sturnidae), resident in hill regions of South Asia and Southeast Asia. The Sri Lanka hill myna, a former subspecies of G. religiosa, is generally accepted as a separate species G. ptilogenys nowadays. The Enggano hill myna (G. enganensis) and Nias hill myna (G. robusta) are also widely accepted as specifically distinct, and many authors favor treating the southern hill myna (G. r. indica) from the Nilgiris and elsewhere in the Western Ghats of India as a separate species, also.'
This is a stocky jet-black myna, with bright orange-yellow patches of naked skin and fleshy wattles on the side of its head and nape. At about 29 cm length, it is somewhat larger than the common myna (Acridotheres tristis).
It is overall green-glossed black plumage, purple-tinged on the head and neck. Its large, white wing patches are obvious in flight, but mostly covered when the bird is sitting. The bill and strong legs are bright yellow, and there are yellow wattles on the nape and under the eye. These differ conspicuously in shape from the naked eye-patch of the common myna and bank myna (A. ginginianus), and more subtly vary between the different hill mynas from South Asia: in the common hill myna, they extend from the eye to the nape, where they join, while the Sri Lanka hill myna has a single wattle across the nape and extending a bit towards the eyes. In the southern hill myna, the wattles are separate and curve towards the top of the head. The Nias and Enggano hill mynas differ in details of the facial wattles, and size, particularly that of the bill.
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papagolf21 (79582) 2013-09-01 0:47
Félicitations pour cette superbe prise de vue. Il faut de la patience pour obtenir un tel résultat.
Un grand merci également pour la note d'accompagnement fort bien rédigée.
Très bonne journée.
Nicou (105903) 2013-09-01 1:46
quelle compo et image sueprbe vue avec leurs becs jaunes ouverte quelle image le noir brillant sur leur plumage et ces couleurs cet enchaînement une merveille.
Bravo et amitié
psamaddar (1089) 2013-09-01 1:49
Darun..nice one from the basket..well composed and nicely taken..good color and sharpness.
ikeharel (44081) 2013-09-01 2:10
An amazing profile of the two birds, Indrasish.
Colors are uniquely vivid, and fine contrast
Have a nice week ahead,
Janusz1974 (2497) 2013-09-01 2:56
Nice portrait of birds.
The sharpness are really nice. The photo contains a lot of interesting details.
daddo (20645) 2013-09-01 3:06
Namaste Indrasish. Stunning combination of colours. Excellent clarity and a nice portrait of the duo.We have the Indian mynahs here in Australia and they have settled here too well since through their aggressive behaviour they have displaced many native birds which tend to be shier. Regards. Klaudio.
Miguel82 (14526) 2013-09-01 3:21
That couple of Mynas with their metallic blue color in beautiful, good close up with superb quality, clear shot, your photo comment contains many useful information
Enjoy your sunday dear Indrashish
subhendu_bagchi (21110) 2013-09-01 4:12
A very nice bird photography once again. Great capture of these two with a nice mood. Like the harmony in their postures. Great details of their eye to feathers. Nice depth. A very good catch. Once again I have to say, you are very good in this type of photography. Tfs.
pixelblaster (47) 2013-09-01 6:40
Foto from the zoo is always interesting and the small children like this.
Thirsty or hungry, whatever we can think.
Yesterday I clicked fotos of birds.
I shall upload later.
abmdsudi (32515) 2013-09-01 6:45
This delightful little fellas are such little cuties, a really good closeup work quality photograph in which you have captured great detail of the plumage in vivid colours and so perfectly composed with great catch lights on the eyes, and fantastic sharpness too. They stunningly stand out against the background. Superb 200mm work, looking into the frame and excellent in every way for all to sit back and admire. Congrats
aleXundar (621) 2013-09-01 7:03
What you have done! Dark blue subjects against a darker background to accentuate the bright peaks... and still the eyes are prominent! Amazing!
Great clarity and excellent timing.
eldancer1 (20824) 2013-09-01 9:06
Awesome capture of those bird singing a duet! But I think one of them is off key. Good lighting and sharp details. I like the tight cropping. Well done, tfs.
Noel_Byrne (13416) 2013-09-01 10:18
even though I know the name Mynah bird, I think this is the first time I have actually seen them, and what a fine avian species it is! You did so well to capture them in this pose, the colors are striking and the clarity of the shot superb. Well done my friend!
Have a great week
Romano46 (11573) 2013-09-01 10:37
nelle riprese di animali sie molto bravo ed in questa hai composto una bella foto sia per la bellezza del soggetto che per la perfezione della simmetria dei due uccelli che non solo sono allineati tra loro, ma ripetono gli stessi gesti.
Una foto che immagino abbia richiesto molta pazienza, la quale è stata senz'altro premiata visto l'ottimo risultato.
Ciao e buona serata
PaulVDV (17331) 2013-09-01 12:10
Splendid nature picture!
The yellow beaks and the feathers in the neck stand out wonderfully against their dark blue and black feathers.
The composition is great with both birds looking into the same direction with open beaks.
Best regards, Paul
jhm (128073) 2013-09-02 3:45
What a lovely moment picture two birds with open beak.
Excellent composition, nice presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
Didi (51327) 2013-09-02 10:07
Interesting similar attitude of the two birds, another good catch with a nice selective DOF setting
timecapturer (37152) 2013-09-03 6:03
superb capture this. I love the way these two little birds seem to be doing everything in tandem and the title just seems to sum up their pose so beautifully. Wonderful shot, it made me smile too! Well done.
fabbs99 (11190) 2013-09-04 20:19
Great show of the Black Hill Mynah.Excellent composition with some lovely colors coupled with nice light management and presentation.TFS.