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ROBERT ZHAO RENHUI 赵仁辉
b. 1983, works and lives in Singapore

These three species of mynas have spread from their native territories into new lands, playing a sort of ecological musical chairs.

The Javan myna was originally from Indonesia, but is endangered there because they have been overhunted as pets. But it is thriving in Singapore, where it was first introduced in 1936 as a pet. Later, they were released by Buddhists practising “prayer release” or “merit release” of captive birds into the wild. Now the birds roost in the thousands in trees in the city and have become a source of noise pollution. They threaten the common myna, which is native to Singapore.

Both the Javan myna and common myna have also been introduced in Taiwan. The competition of these invasive mynas may have caused a decline in the native crested myna in Taiwan.

Meanwhile, the Taiwan’s native crested myna successfully invaded Canada in the 1920s (it was also introduced to Canada as a songbird) but has recently died out due to competition from another invasive species, the European starlings.

Related Exhibitions:
Taipei Biennial 2018 Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan 11.17, 2018 -03.10, 2019


Related Works:
ZRH_1101
The Antipodean Albatross (​​Diomedea antipodensis)
ZRH_9685
White-lipped Tree Frog (Polypedates braueri)
ZRH_7420
Spotted Tree Frogs (Polypedates megacephalus) collected in a single night
ZRH_0205
1st May 2018, Taiwan Blue Magpie, Juvenile, Natural Causes, Learning to fly, Taipei
ZRH_8927
14th December 2017, Daurian Redstart, Adult, Human Causes (Sticky Mouse Trap), Hsinchu
ZRH_7071
16th May 2018, Javan Mynah, Juvenile, Natural Causes, Learning to Fly, Taipei
ZRH_2890
The Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus)
ZRH_2152
11th October 2017, Red-necked Phalarope, Adult, Left Wing Fracture, Taipei
ZRH_9401
6th August 2018, Taiwan Barbet, Juvenile, Human Cause, Tree Removal, Hsinchu
ZRH_2885
Tilapia (A National Treasure)
ZRH_6499
3rd August 2018, Taiwan Whistling Thrush, Juvenile, Fallen out of Nest, Unable to Stand, Near a Home, Taipei
ZRH_6845
The Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei)


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