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Indian Myna Birds

The Indian Myna is native to India and surrounding regions of Asia and were first released in Australia in 1862 to combat pests in Melbourne market gardens, and then released in other states. 

They are intelligent and highly adaptable birds which have become serious pests in urban areas of NSW, ACT, Victoria and Queensland and are starting to spread into rural areas. In 2000, Mynas were listed among the World’s 100 Worst Invasive Species by the World Conservation Union.

The Indian Myna specialises in the colonisation of woodland, particularly in areas modified by people. Feral mynas are now recognised as a serious concern for biodiversity at a global level. They are communal birds that reduce biodiversity through predation and aggressive competition with native wildlife, particularly hollow-nesting birds and mammals. 

In addition to growing concerns about biodiversity, mynas also reduce public amenity through noise at communal roosts. There is also concern, especially where mynas are at high densities, of risk to human and livestock health from fouling; the propensity of Mynas to steal food from domestic animals and from humans at outdoor eating areas means that there is a high likelihood of pathogen transmission.

Indian Myna Control

Control of Indian Mynas in Australia is clearly desirable provided it can be achieved in a safe, humane and cost-effective manner. Council supports the control of Indian Mynas through encouraging residents to modify the their local habitat to increase native bird populations, and through a selective trapping program.

Modifying the local habitat
A diverse garden provides living spaces for our native birds to shelter, nest and hide from predators, and provides a more sustainable solution to the impacts of introduced species such as the Indian Myna. To encourage native birds, try to maximise the diversity of plants and habitat features in your garden, ensuring that you plant a variety of native groundcovers, shrubs and trees. It is also recommended that any possible outdoor sources of food (dog food, chicken feed) are protected from Indian Mynas.

PDFAttracting native birds into your garden (PDF, 100kB)
URLBirds in Backyards (external link)

Selective trapping provides an effective, safe and humane way of controlling Indian Mynas, and greatly reduces or eliminates the risk to non-target wildlife. Traps that selectively catch Mynas at feeding areas use special entrance valves that restrict access to most species, except Mynas and European Starlings (Starlings are closely related pest birds that cause similar problems).

Specially designed 'Pee-Gee' traps can be purchased directly from Bowral Mens Shed at a cost of $50.00 per trap. The Shed is open Tuesday and Thursday 9am - 3pm. 

Address: Bowral Uniting Church, 28 Bendooley Street Bowral

Telephone: (02) 4862-5285  
Mobile telephone: 0420 299 444

PDFIndian Myna Trapping Recording Sheet (PDF, 40kB)
PDFTrapping of Pest Birds - NSW DPI (PDF, 200kB)

Humane euthanasia of Indian Mynas
Trapped Indian Myna birds must be euthanised in a humane manner. Trap operators must be willing to accept that humane killing is an important responsibility. The NSW Department of Primary Industries does not consider it humane to euthanise birds with exhaust gas from a car.

Humane Methods of Euthanasia for Pest Animals (PDF, 300kB)

The use of Carbon Dioxide is considered to be a humane means to euthanase Myna birds, when used in accordance with the methods discussed in the above NSW Department of Primary Industries PDF. Carbon Dioxide kits are available for purchase from companies such as Myna Magnet (Click here for webpage). 

Last Updated: April 19th, 2016
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