Normal Behavior of Mynahs
by Kathy Butterfield

Mynahs drink by dipping their bill into the water to scoop it up. Then they raise their head tipping it up to let the water run down into their gullet.  Because of this method an ample amount of water is needed for the bird to be able to fill his bill.
Mynahs straighten their feathers with their beaks after any routine, such as after bathing or being handled.

A mynah will scratch its head and neck with one foot by raising its leg between the body and wing.  This is normal during a molt or when preening itself .  The action may be isolated.  No reason to be concerned unless your bird is constantly scratching.


Mynahs love their baths and will splash around in the water, dunking their heads, getting themselves soaked to the skin.  They like to do this at least twice a day.  There is no need to dry them afterward for they do this themselves by shaking off the water and running their beak through the feathers, wherever they can reach.  It is normal for them to shake their little heads to dry it after a bath to get the water off and out of the ears. Most mynahs will take a bath after being placed back in the cage from free time out, especially after being handled.   
It is not unusual for mynahs to sneeze occasionally.  They, like us, get little tickles and irritants too.  As stated above, they will also sneeze after a bath to clear water from the nares (nostrils).  When sneezing is persistent and coughing occurs and the nares are not clean and clear, then the bird is ill and needs a veterinarian's attention. 


Occasionally mynahs will stretch out the leg and wing from one side of its body and then do the same on the other side, extending the head and neck forward.  This is done for comfort, just as we sometimes enjoy a good stretch.

Sometimes a mynah will yawn just before or after napping.  It beak opens wide for a second or two.

Resting & Sleeping Positions
A mynah will crouch down on its perch or the nest box floor with its head tucked in between the shoulders, facing straight ahead, with eyes closed.  You may see your bird resting or sleeping like this during the day also.  Sometimes they stand on one leg on the perch while resting.  Seldom does a mynah tuck its face  under its feathers to sleep, but you may see this also.  Mynahs take short naps during the day and still sleep throughout the night.

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