Mynah bird


Mynah bird

***** Location: India
***** Season: Topic
***** Category: Animal


The myna or mynah is a bird of the starling family (Sturnidae).
This is a group of passerine birds which occur naturally only in southern and eastern Asia, especially in North India. Several species have been introduced to areas like North America, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand, especially the Common Myna which is often regarded as an invasive species.

Mynas are not a natural group; instead, the term myna is used for any starling in India and surrounding areas, regardless of their relationships. This range was colonized twice during the evolution of starlings, first by rather ancestral starlings related to the Coleto and Aplonis lineages, and millions of years later by birds related to the Common Starling and Wattled Starling's ancestors. These two groups of mynas can be distinguished in the more terrestrial adaptions of the latter, which usually also have less glossy plumage except on the heads and longer tails. The Bali Myna which is nearly extinct in the wild is highly distinctive.

Some mynas are considered talking birds, for their ability to reproduce sounds, including human speech, when in captivity.

Myna perched in a flowering tree,
Nishiki-e print by Isoda Koryusai, ca. 1775.

"Myna" is derived from the Hindi language mainā which itself is derived from Sanskrit madanā.
© More in the WIKIPEDIA !

. - The Six Birds of Paradise - 浄土の鳥 - .


Aldous Huxley on Mindfulness via Mynah Bird

... Our hero, Will Farnaby, washes up on the island of Pala, where he is greeted by a mynah bird calling for his “Attention” to the need to be here now. At first, the word is scattered through Farnaby’s pained recollections of leaving his wife, and of sleeping with his mistress. “Attention” interrupts his reverie and the reader expects it’s some authoritarian recording, but eventually we find that it’s a bird standing over him where he has washed ashore. Before the young girl who greets him gives him “psychological first aid” to heal him from the trauma of his arrival, she answers his question about why the bird says such things.

” ‘Well…’ She searched for the right words in which to explain the self-evident to this strange imbecile. “That’s what you forget, isn’t it? I mean, you forget to pay attention to what’s happening.
And that’s the same as not being here and now.”

Hence, the island has mynah birds flying around like Buddhist temple bells reminding you to be present. Certainly an interesting start to Huxley’s antithesis to the brave new world.
source : reversealchemy.tumblr.com

30 years after Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World got published, he wrote Island.
This time he invented a real utopia, his idea of a perfect society. One of the many unusual features of Pala are specially trained birds - mynah birds - whose sole function is to loudly screech out “Here and now! Here and now!” at random intervals. The mynah birds are whimsical devices to help bring people back to the present moment - which is the only place we can make constructive changes in our lives.
source : Ramona Ring

Worldwide use

bird of the mukudori family ムクドリ科
kyuukanchoo 九官鳥 mynah

shari 舎利 mynah, a bird that talks like men.
In paradise, it explains the teachings of Buddha.

Shari was also the name of one of Buddha's important disciples.
Śāri was his mother's name and is also a particular bird's name. She was called SHARI, because her eyes seemed to be so similar to the mynah shari bird. And since the baby was the "child of Shari", it was called Sharishi.

Sharishi 舎利子 - Sharihotsu 舎利弗 - シャーリプトラ

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Śāriputra (Sanskrit: शारिपुत्र) or Sāriputta (Pāli)
was one of two chief male disciples of the Buddha along with Maudgalyayana (Pali: Moggallāna), counterparts to the nuns Khema and Uppalavanna, named the two chief female disciples. He became an Arhat "foremost in wisdom" renowned for his teaching and is depicted in the Theravada tradition as one of the most important disciples of the Buddha.
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舎利の土鈴 clay bell of the Shari bird
sold at some Kannon temples along the Saigoku Pilgrimage.

. - The Six Birds of Paradise - 浄土の鳥 - .


observance kigo for the New Year

shari-koo 舎利講 Prayer Meeting for Buddha's bones
January 15
At temples of the Shingon Sect. It was introduced by Saint Myoe.

. Koozanji 高山寺 Temple Kozan-Ji .

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shari dashi 舎利出し "showing of the sacred bones"
Ceremony from January 5 to 14. (Nowadays till January 12)
At the Hall for Shotoku Taishi the birthday of the Prince if celebrated.

. Shitennooji 四天王寺 Shitenno-Ji . - Osaka

Things found on the way


rose by rose
to my daughter’s new home -
myna’s call

Shared by Sandip Sital Chauhan
Joys of Japan, 2012

wind blowing
through the mango orchard . . .
myna bird

- Shared by Sandip Chauhan -
Haiku Culture Magazine, 2013


lahaina banyon
an acre
of squawking mynahs

- Shared by susan delphine delaney, plano, texas -

Banyan Tree and Haiku


Related words

***** . Haiku from Punjab .


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