Indian Myna birds were first introduced to Australia in the 1862 to control insects. Due to their aggressive nature, Indian Myna’s drive away small birds out of gardens and will take on larger birds and other animals such as Blue Tongue Lizards. The Indian Myna bird is a highly successful scavenger and is now considered to be one of the most common introduced birds in towns and cities all along the east coast of Australia.
Indian Mynas pose a serious risk to our native wildlife as they will inhabit nesting hollows of native birds and arboreal mammals (mammals that primarily live in trees). It is an opportunistic feeder, whose diet can vary widely including eating birds’ eggs, chicks, insects as well as pet food and human scraps.
Indian Mynas also pose a risk to humans as they carry bird mites and potentially serious diseases such as bird flu. Their scrappy nests are also potentially considered to be a fire risk, particularly if they are located in residential buildings.
One way that residents can assist with reducing the numbers of Indian Mynas and their impact on local wildlife is to trap them using one of Council’s Indian Myna Traps. Council has a limited number of traps available, so residents will need to contact Council to check the availability of traps. Alternatively if residents would like the use of a trap over a longer time frame, they have the option to either build their own. For more information please refer to following links:
Alternatively if residents would like the use of a trap over a longer time frame, they have the option to either build their own or purchase one from the Narellan Men's Shed. Traps (cost of $75). The Narellan Men’s Shed is located behind the Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living, in the Australian Botanic Gardens Mount Annan and open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8.30am till 1pm. Please refer to following links:
While trapping can be successful in markedly reducing Myna numbers in a resident’s backyard, long-term management is better achieved by using a combination of actions:
Limit food sources: dispose of or compost food scraps in bins, effective waste management at shopping centres, schools, restaurants, etc, cover or move pet food that would otherwise be eaten by the birds during the day, and never feed birds directly.
Modify habitat: reduce open lawns that Mynas forage in, block cavities in rooves and install gutter guards or bird proofing, plant native shrubs to attract native birds, remove introduced shrubs/trees that provide food/shelter for Mynas (e.g. Cocos Palms)
For more information regarding this program contact Council’s Natural Resource Officer on 4654 7777.