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​Indian Myna Birds - Trapping


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 Canberra Indian Myna Action Group. Commercially made traps are also available. Search online for Indian myna traps for suppliers. It is 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

Trapping Instructions (adapted with permission from Canberra Indian Myna Action Group information)

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 the tunnel.

  • 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 your pavements.

  • 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 keep feeding.

  • Use gloves when handling live or dead birds as wild birds may carry disease.

  • Abide by the Protocol on animal welfare.

  • Report your trapped birds data here.


More Information

Protocol on animal welfare


For any further information or enquiries please contact Council's Environmental Health Officer on 99113626 or email