Birds of Hawaii #4: Common Mynah

The common mynah bird was introduced to Hawaii in 1865 to control an infestation army worms. You will find them everywhere. They are relatively unappreciated by Hawaii local residents as evidenced by its Hawaiian names: piha `ekelo (full of voice) and manu`aipilau (trash-eating bird). According to ornithologist E.L. Caum: "The mynah is a perky, self-confident, pugnacious, and noisy bird, …


On our last day in Hawaii, we spent a good portion of it at Kailua Beach Park watching the windsurfers. It was a very windy day and the windsurfers were flying across the water. It was fun to watch. Maralee