What Food Should Be Given to a Mynah Bird?

The Mynah Bird is an omnivorous, softbill bird that loves to eat fruit, but will also dine on insects, reptiles, baby birds and small rodents in the wild. Mynahs would not be found eating seed in their natural habitat.

Commercial Diet

A softbill diet has a mix such as 18 per cent protein and 8 per cent fat and is low in iron. Mynahs can develop iron storage disease, so low iron foods are best.


Fruits are a large part of the Mynah's diet in the wild. Diced apple, bananas, dates, oranges, pears, pineapple, plums and watermelon are great choices.


Diced vegetables can be added to a Mynah's diet, but only in small amounts, as they are not as important as fruits.


A Mynah can eat insects such as crickets, mealworms and waxworms. Mynahs can also occasionally be given day old-mice.

Vitamin Supplements

Have your Mynah tested for vitamin deficiencies. If a supplement is needed, ask your veterinarian to suggest the best one.


A Mynah cannot break his food up like parrots can and does not have a crop in which to store food, so dice food into small pieces. Do not feed avocado. It is toxic to all exotic birds.

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