Our expert says:
He should do Ok on hand rearing food - there are softbill/mynah pellets available commercially that would be better for him in the long run - try and change him over as soon as you can. Fruit wise you can feed paw paw, banana, most of the soft fruits (but stay away from citrus and other fruit with a high vitamin C content as this can predispose mynahs to iron storage disease). I would not recommend releasing him again - they become imprinted on humans and can become very tame. Also, he would be competing with our indigenous bird species, and the presence of (exotic) mynahs can be very detrimental to other birds. A rehabilitation centre would probably not take him for release, for this reason. They are also great mimics and very intelligent. I suggest you contact your local nature conservation official to find out what the situation would be with keeping the bird.
Dr WIllemien van Wyk
Bird and exotic animal veterinarian
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