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Nutrition in Mynahs

By

Joeke Nijboer

, PhD, Nijboer Consultancy

Last full review/revision Aug 2020 | Content last modified Sep 2020

Mynah birds of the family Sturnidae are omnivorous. Preferred food items in the wild include fruits, a variety of insects, and small reptiles and amphibians. In captivity, a low-iron pelleted diet to prevent iron storage disease (≤100 ppm iron) and fruit are generally fed. Fruits high in vitamin C should be avoided, because these facilitate iron absorption.

During breeding, insects such as mealworms are preferred by the parents for feeding their young. Calcium gut-loading or dusting of insects with calcium powder will help prevent hypocalcemia in the chicks.

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