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South African Noisy and Clever Bird

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Hadeda birds

Hadeda bird standing in the bushes and you can see the red line on its mandible.

Hadeda bird standing in the bushes and you can see the red line on its mandible.

Common Mynah birds

Common Mynah birds

Hadeda in search of food

Hadeda in search of food

A pair of Mynah birds next to each other

A pair of Mynah birds next to each other

African Birds loud and clever birds

South African Protected Birds

What do you know about these two birds, the Hadeda Ibis bird and the Mynah bird?

Two birds that have different characteristics and are protected species.

I often enjoy bird watching and listening to the songs of birds in my surroundings. These birds are not native to most parts of Europe. I am mainly interested in the two South African birds. I learned a lot about the two birds that I had encountered daily while living in South Africa.

Every morning at 3am, I would hear the Hadeda bird, Haa-Haa-Haa-de-dah, and Haa-Haa-de-dah, and this would go on for quite some time. I would hear this sound in my sleep and there goes my sleeping time. A protected species as most birds are in South Africa and I didn't mind them disturbing me. Living on a farm anything is expected of nature. I had to accept this noisy bird's behaviors.

The Hadeda Ibis bird calls out its name in its own sounds.

This large bird has a wingspan of 70cm in length and can weigh over a kilogram.

I have witnessed the bird’s behaviors daily and tis got me curious to write about it. This bird has dark purplish colors on its feathers and in light you would see the reflections of these colors more clearly.

A large grayish bill is nicely shaped, and you will see on the mandibles a red line that is visible when in breeding season

The blackish legs are visible and in slow steps they move along the yard with caution. They are extremely loud, and while flying up in the sky make those loud sounds.

I hear it when it's flying and it is a noisy bird indeed!

This is a communication among them and in the very early hours of every morning I am awakened by this sound. If startled they make this sound as well.

However, when roosting the sound is just Haa, a single sound. Widely seen across the country, but you won't find the Hadeda Ibis bird in Karoo, These birds prefer where there are more trees.

The Hadeda Ibis bird is preyed on by the Crowned African eagle and the Sparrow Hawk making this a threat to the bird. I learned that Nigerians use the Hadeda bird for traditional purposes and is sold for medicine at markets.

Nests of the Hadeda bird are found in tree branches and surprisingly on telephone poles. Also in dam walls and in bushes. The male gathers the nest twigs and offers them to the female. Unlike other birds this bird breeds in solitary pairs meaning they are monogamous.

Toward the end of the winter and into the beginning of summer the Hadeda incubate their eggs. Lay about one egg or up to six green eggs. Both male and female play their roles in the incubation of the eggs and feeding of the chicks when they have hatched after 28 days.

By 40 days the chicks are on their own and have a lifespan of up to 20 years.

What does the Noisy Bird’s Diet consist of?

Hadeda birds are carnivorous, so they feed mostly on insects. The diet of a Hadeda includes crustaceans, arachnids, earthworms, snails, and small lizards. They feel or see their food when in search of food. In our big garden they could find their food and loved it there.

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My curious mind got me to know the reason for their loud sounds they would make while flying, and I had to find out for myself their behaviors and characteristics. I am glad to have done my research well and finally know all about the Hadeda Ibis bird.

In some countries as in Lesotho the Hadeda sounds are a sign of rain. Also, I heard of this in South Africa. The large Ibis birds are noisy but beautiful birds to nature.

The Mynah bird is widely found in many other countries.

It is of my great interest to find out more about his bird since our personal experiences with this bird’s temperament.

One day my dad tried to save an injured Mynah bird in our yard. The whole experience was not what we had expected. As my dad held the injured bird in his hands several other Mynah birds appeared and tried to defend its chick. Birds were chirping angrily at us. This shows their temperamental behaviors to protect their young ones. Territorial and will hurt you if you tried to go near their chicks.

An intelligent bird and can make a good pet if you understand its behaviors. Second to the Gray parrot his bird can talk to you and has a friendly personality. The Mynah bird has a life expectancy of up to 25 years and is part of the Starling bird family.

Where does the Mynah bird come from?

The Mynah bird comes from many different countries. Believe it or not, the Mynah bird is native to Africa, some parts of Asia and lives in many other parts of the world. Ancient Greece had this bird as an aristocratic pet, and I had no idea of this until my recent research.

Where does the name Mynah derive from?

Mynah comes from the Indian Hindu word known as Maina, also a Sanskrit word known as madana which means fun-loving and cheerful or delightful. The many names this bird has explains its territorial behaviors.

The Mynah bird is found in many countries around the world for the killing of bugs and locusts. This is the purpose for having it in Australia as well.

The lively and great personality of this bird is true, but clever too They make lovely social pets, and adapt to living in cages with no fuss.

They can be trained to talk to you and are well-tamed. These birds are not for cuddling and nor are they up for learning any tricks. You will find that Mynah birds are closer to those who give it the most attention.

When taken care of as a pet it feels closer to that person. For example, when cleaning its cage and feeding it. Mynah birds can be vicious and attack other birds of other species.

A pet Mynah bird talks to you, and will often repeat what you say, so be prepared for that too. They whistle, and make other repetitive sounds from humans. They can learn up to a hundred words if taught by you.

These birds are dark brown and has yellow beaks. Their small bodies are dark in color and are endangered species. If you choose to have a Mynah bird for a pet, be sure to have a big cage. It should be four feet wide, two feet in height and at least two feet in depth.

Health problems for Mynah birds

The liver tends to be a major problem due to the intake of iron in their diets. It Is omnivorous and eats insects, fruit and nectar, but if you have this bird as a pet, the diet is different to the wild foods it has. It would require less iron intake.

The birds of South Africa are beautiful preyed on and most are endangered species.

Hear the Hadeda Ibis call in this video

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Talking Mynah bird

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Devika Primić


Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 05, 2021:

Audrey birds are amazing to hear and to let us know there is life in the wild. I appreciate your time thank you.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on June 04, 2021:

Beautiful African birds! As I walked through the forest today I noticed the vast variety of birds singing. This made me think that I would like to learn more about different species and the sounds they make.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 04, 2021:

FlourishAnyway You could see these birds if you travelled to where they are found. Interesting and so much to observe about their behaviors. Thank you

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 04, 2021:

MG Singh thank you kindly for sharing your experience about bird watching I appreciate that you stopped by and birds are beautiful in nature and free from cages.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 04, 2021:

Hi Linda These birds are noisy and clever, they are close to humans but cautiously search for food in farm surroundings. Thank you

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 04, 2021:

Sally Gulbrandsen Interesting isn't it? Thinking about the times in SA. Thank you for sharing that it has been a while since you have written a hub. Or unless I have missed it..

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 04, 2021:

Hi Peggy so glad you stopped by here. These birds are amazing to observe and such beautiful feathery friends. I had to research to know more about them. I am so pleased you shared your opinion. Thank you

FlourishAnyway from USA on June 04, 2021:

This was a very interesting article about these birds including your personal experiences with them. Thank you for writing about them. I'd like to see them in person one day.

MG Singh from UAE on June 03, 2021:

I am fond of birdwatching and whenever I come to India I go to the Karnala bird sanctuary and watch the birds , your article was wonderful.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 03, 2021:

Thank you for sharing the interesting information about these birds, Devika. I’d love to see them in real life.

Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on June 03, 2021:

I know both birds very well from the years I lived in South Africa. The hadedah used to come and eat our dogs food, cheeky things, and friends of ours managed to train the occasional Mynah bird to talk. Those were the days:)

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 03, 2021:

Thanks for writing this interesting article about both the hadeda ibis and the mynah birds. The hadeda is certainly a noisy bird! It is amazing how the mynah bird can replicate human words.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 03, 2021:

Chitrangada Sharan Beautiful and so interesting to know about these birds. Thank you and hope your well and safe.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 03, 2021:

Pamela Oglesby I have great interest in South African wildlife and this is no exception. I am glad you found this fascinating and interesting. Thank you

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 03, 2021:

Mel Carriere

Birds are beautiful and no matter how one sees them it is such a beauty to nature. I appreciate your comments thank you

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 03, 2021:

Dora Weithers I enjoy the sounds of birds. Some can be loud and others are quiet. These two birds got me curious and had to write about them Thank you for sharing your comment.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 03, 2021:

Beautiful description of these wonderful birds. I enjoyed reading about them, and the videos are interesting.

Mynas are common here, and they have a sharp voice. But, I haven’t heard them talking like the ones in the video.

I love watching birds and there are plenty of them, in and around my residential area, due to lot of greenery.

Thank you for sharing.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 03, 2021:

I am also a bird lover. I use to raise some birds. The Hadeda is sure a noisey one . The Mynah bird is fascinating because it talks. I am glad they are both protected. This is a very interesting article, Devika. Thanks for sharing this information.

Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on June 03, 2021:

I am a bird lover myself, so I found your article delightful. I would love to see the Hadeda bird in its natural habitat, and have its voice awaken me. I have only seen one Ibis in my travels, The Glossy Ibis. I have never seen a Myna, but we have plenty of Starlings here in the US, and though they have a reputation as invasive, there is no doubt it is a family of very intelligent birds.

Great article.

Dora Weithers on June 03, 2021:

Devika, thanks for introducing these birds. They are both beautiful and interesting, and you gave great details. I would love to hear them in the morning.

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