Indian Myna Birds
Indian Myna birds were first introduced to Australia in 1862 to control insects. Due to their aggressive nature, Indian Mynas drive 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.
To deter Indian Myna birds from your backyard, you can do the following:
- 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; It does more harm than good! Click here for more information.
- 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.
- 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)
Council no longer offers residents the option to hire a trap. If you want to trap Indian Myna birds in your backyard, you have two options:
- To build your own trap. Plans to build your own trap are found here.
- Purchase a trap from Narellan Men’s Shed. Traps are available for purchase by contacting email@example.com. The address for Narellan Men’s Shed is 1 Mount Annan Drive, Narellan (located behind the Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living).
- Methods Of Euthanasia for Indian Myna Birds click here.
For more information regarding this program contact Council’s Sustainability Team on 4654 7777.