Dubai: A large nesting colony of Bank Myna, a variety of the common Myna or Pied Starling, has been spotted off Al Warsan. It is known as one of the largest breeding grounds of the bird in the country.

“The nests were spotted in a desert area, off the Dubai Municipality’s Sewage Treatment Plant in Al Warsan,” said Dr Reza Khan, head of Dubai Zoo. He said Myna is a resident bird of the Subcontinent.

Dr Khan said the bird was introduced to the UAE by some specimens that escaped from pet shops and bird owners in the late 1980s and early 1990s when visitors from India brought cages full of exotic birds.

The Al Warsan nests are far bigger than those he noticed in a residential building near Al Wasl in late 1990s.