Why are Myna Birds a problem?
The Common or Indian Myna, identified by its yellow beak and eye patch, and brown body, is an introduced pest bird and their population is spreading rapidly. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature has ranked the Myna amongst the world’s 100 most invasive pest species.
They are territorial and highly aggressive birds who compete with and displace native wildlife for habitat areas. They take over tree hollows and plug up nest sites they are not using, forcing possums and birds out and ejecting nestlings and eggs from their nests. They also compete with native fauna for food and habitat.
It is important to distinguish the pest Indian Myna from the common Noisy Miner. Indian Mynas are predominantly brown with a black head. In flight, white wing patches are clearly visible. Noisy Miners are native birds that are predominantly grey. They are protected and must be released if trapped.
What is Council doing?
Lane Cove Council is conducting a program to eradicate the Indian Mynas from the Lane Cove Plaza. This program consists of trapping the birds in a specifically designed Myna bird trap. After being trapped the birds are humanely euthanised. Any non target species (native birds) are released without harm from the trap. In addition Council is working with the business owners as well as plaza attendants to ensure that the area is kept clean and that potential food sources are removed. Please assist us by not feeding any birds in the plaza and ensure all rubbish is disposed of quickly into appropriate bins.
What can you do to help?
Don’t leave food scraps or pet foods outside and ensure that rubbish bins and other potential food sources are covered. Don’t feed birds in your backyard! Block potential nest sites, such as holes in roofs or gutters and remove any Myna nests you find in nest boxes or tree hollows on your property. You should also ensure that you have self closing doors and flyscreens to prevent Myna birds from entering your house. Get involved with the Backyard Habitat program for information on planting local indigenous plants to encourage native species to your garden. Or get involved with your own trapping and disposal program, or start a community trapping program.
Community Trapping Programs
Council has explored many options for eradicating the Indian Myna population in Lane Cove. The most effective method in reducing the numbers of Indian Mynas in other areas has overwhelmingly been community trapping programs, with successful programs running in many areas including Canberra and on the Central Coast. Lane Cove Council is encouraging residents to set up a similar program and will be supporting the development of this through providing information and acting as a central contact point for the program. If you are interested in conducting your own trapping program it is important that you follow the trapping instructions, and commit to the protocol on animal welfare with regard to trapping and disposal of Myna birds.
Indian Myna Brochure
Protocol on animal welfare
Canberra Indian Myna Action Group
Birds in Backyards
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For any further information or enquiries please contact Council's Environmental Health Officer on 99113626 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.