If you are interested in
conducting your own backyard trapping program there are a number of options for
sourcing traps. You can make your own with plans available to download from the
Indian Myna Action Group. Commercially made traps are
also available. Search online for Indian myna traps for suppliers.
important that if you purchase or build a trap that it conforms to the NSW
Department of Primary Industries document trapping
of pest birds.
Trapping Instructions (adapted
with permission from Canberra Indian Myna Action Group
Traps must only be placed on private
property, to avoid public liability issues and the potential for vandalism or
damage to the trap.
Place the trap in an open area or
where birds already feed.
Bait the trap with a food the birds
are accustomed to feeding on. Both dry and wet pet food has been successful, or
if you have a pet you can use their food as mynas may have already been feeding
on it. You can also experiment with different types of food and food scraps
however do not use cereal and grain-based foods (birdseed and breadcrumbs etc)
as this attracts non-target birds.
Place the bait outside the trap to
attract mynas to the area, inside the entrance tunnels, and also inside the trap
so that the mynas can see the food directly in front of them when they are in
Ensure that there is food and fresh
water in the larger containment chamber for captured birds.
Monitor daily to ensure bait and
water are available while trapping.
Keep pets (particularly cats) away
when trapping as the birds see cats and dogs as predators and are unlikely to
approach the trap.
Clean the trap regularly and
relocate the trap after the area becomes soiled from captured birds, as they
don’t appear to like being around their own excrement. Place newspaper or
cardboard under the trap if using the trap on paved surfaces to avoid spoiling
Don’t be disappointed if you don’t
catch birds every day. They are spasmodic in their movements, so keep at it.
They may have moved to another food source in the area but will return if you
Use gloves when handling live or
dead birds as wild birds may carry disease.
Abide by the Protocol on animal
Report your trapped birds data here.
Protocol on animal welfare
further information or enquiries please contact Council's Environmental Health
Officer on 99113626 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.