Crested Myna, Acridotheres cristatellus, is a very common resident in Hong Kong. Indeed I have rarely seen a bird with such appalling manners. It cackles like an old crone, whistles like a builder and chatters like a crowd of Cockney urchins. Gor blimey, mate, gissa Alan Whicker. (Editors translation: I say good sir, please could I have a pound note?) It speaks with its mouth full, quarrels constantly with its neighbours and bullies the smaller birds. The Crested Myna mob – trouble every time.
But it is, despite all that, a rather smart bird. It prefers a dark, shiny suit, putting on airs and graces above its station. A flash of a white pocket handkerchief occasionally, just to show that even the rougher end of town has its dandies. A quiff at the front, in honour of Elvis perhaps. Could those chortles and squeals be Shake, Rattle & Roll in a Myna key?
So here we are. The star of the BAD Show for today………….