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Old 04-29-2012, 06:07 PM
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Mynah/Raven/Crow

What do we know about keeping corvids and/or mynah birds? I recently encountered a mynah and am curious about them and their needs. Don't worry - no one is running out to get one! They just seem so smart as do crows and ravens which I know some people keep and have much success with teaching speech.
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Old 04-29-2012, 06:14 PM
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Re: Mynah/Raven/Crow

The only thing with them is messy messy messy! But my Black Lory is no different....lol
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Old 04-29-2012, 10:08 PM
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Re: Mynah/Raven/Crow

Ravens are awesome, but need huge cages/aviary. They also have a surprisingly painful bite because they grab you with the tip of their beak and twist XD it happened to me and i even have a little scar lol.

I've considered getting a African raven one day.
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Old 04-30-2012, 05:44 AM
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Re: Mynah/Raven/Crow

Yea, the crows I take care of (American Crows) are wayyyy messier than my parrots. The juvenile invariably makes "soup" by using a toy to scoop water from his water dish into his food dish. He's made me bleed by pecking me, too. Granted, this isn't a pet crow, but he is tame and has a small vocabulary. He's hilarious and smart as a whip but I personally wouldn't have one if I couldn't keep it in an outside aviary.
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Old 04-30-2012, 05:52 AM
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Re: Mynah/Raven/Crow

I know someone that has a crow(indoors) but other than that I know nothing about their needs in captivity since, as far as I know, they are illegal to keep here. I was researching the african species for awhile but they are quite expensive
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Old 04-30-2012, 12:18 PM
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Re: Mynah/Raven/Crow

they're really cool but i heard mynas can be very damanding :O. i think its amazing how smart crows are though!
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Old 04-30-2012, 12:38 PM
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Re: Mynah/Raven/Crow

Mynahs aren't demanding, I grew up around them. They're really kewl birds! Tried to locate one but it's shipping only and I don't do shipping birds....
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Re: Mynah/Raven/Crow

I once knew a family with many animals, and the husband had a Myna bird. It was REALLY his bird, but it took great delight in torturing the family's dog. It could exactly mimic Bernice's voice (the mom) and would say "Bad Dog, Baron! Bad Dog!" when the poor thing was napping nicely in the dining room, and Baron would get up and look around and try to figure out what he had done wrong. Baron, by the way, was 200+ pound Saint Bernard!
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Re: Mynah/Raven/Crow

I had a Mynah named "Jake". He was a Greater Hill Mynah. But, they are fruit & insect eaters, so their poop is some of the grossest I ever had to clean. For feeding them, there is Mynah & Softbill pellets, but it's best to give them occasional mealworms or crickets. He was a great mimic, and loved to go outside on my shoulder. His beak could give a nasty pointy peck. And he loved to steal anything shiny, and bring it back to his cage. More than once, my lost keys were in his water bowl. Also, a friend had a Crow, named "O'Toole". What a comedian. He talked, did tricks, and liked to hang upside down. He also loved water, bathing & splashing whenever he could. O'Toole also was a great thief, and would hide keys, coins, and other shiny things. They all can be great pets. Very intelligent, pretty, and good talkers. But, they all need a large cage, and plenty of exercise.
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Re: Mynah/Raven/Crow

mynahs are veryyy common in my country. you see them all around at parks and stuff,
and there are a lot of breeders. they are very intelligent birds and can start imitating you
easily. the only downside in my opinion is their poop. it could get really messy. they are
also messy eaters but not thaaat messy.

i've had a crow before too, and while i think they're the most intelligent of birds, they are
also very messy. they poop every 2 seconds (LOL) and splatter their food all over the cage,
or room. they can also talk pretty clearly but i haven't heard of any crows that have a very
large vocabulary. only a few clear words.
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