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Sternum (Breast Bone) of a Gracula religiosa (Hill Myna)


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Species Description
The Hill Myna is a member of the starling family, resident in the forested hills of south and southeast Asia. It is almost entirely arboreal, preferring to dwell in trees near the edge of the forest, where it eats fruit, nectar and occasional insects; this diet makes it an important pollinator and seed disperser. The Hill Myna is highly sought for aviculture (the raising of birds) and as a pet; while it is a renowned mimic in captivity, it is not known to mimic in the wild. Several subspecies of the Hill Myna have been found scattered on islands of southeast Asia, but populations in certain areas have decreased or disappeared completely, due to the pet trade.
Skeletal Elements Available

Sternum (Breast Bone)
External Links
Animal Diversity Web
Common Hill Myna
Encyclopedia of Life

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