The Bank Myna (Acridotheres ginginianus) is unusual in that it excavates nesting cavities in earthen banks – hence its name. It excavates a long, narrow tunnel in which to build its nest, almost exclusively in an earthen bank or cliff, with the tunnel often connecting to others within a large breeding colony. The bulky nest is constructed out of grass, feathers and refuse and stuffed into the end of the tunnel. Occurring in South Asia, is similar in colour and shares its range with the Common Myna, but is slightly smaller. It is found amongst rocks, in open country and around human habitations, often near tea stalls and markets, etc. Railway stations are particularly favoured. Commonly found in riverside habitats, the Hindi and Bengali names of the bird refer to this aspect. Bank Mynas are gregarious, and can be found in flocks even during the breeding season. These birds are usually very tame and confident. Often seen on railway stations, sauntering along platforms, in and out of the feet and baggage of passengers, picking up bits of food, they have been noticed in markets, such as Old Delhi, surreptitiously hopping onto vendors' handcarts to steal scraps.
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