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Trapping Indian Myna Birds


Indian Mynas are recognised as a major threat to biodiversity particularly impacting on native bird populations. They are extremely agressive and territorial and outcomplete native birds in nesting sites, shelter and food sources. The Indian Myna is listed as one of the top 100 world’s worst invasive species by the World Conservation Union (IUCN).

Trapping does work in managing Indian Myna populations at a local level particularly when landholders work together to reduce numbers. Martin from Kyogle has had very positive results with the PeeWee Indian Myna trap catching 55 birds over 3 days. Laura Noble from the Clarence Valley Conservation In Action Landcare Network shared that regular trapping by a collection of landholders in the small town of Lawrance near Maclean has resulted in near elimination of the Indian Myna where just 2 years ago flocks in the hundreds were common sightings. Traps are available for hire or purchase from Northern Landcare Support Services office 40 Summerland Way Kyogle. The hire fee of $25 is refundable on return of the trap.  Come in and pick up a trap. You can make a difference!


It is important to positively identify the birds as the native Noisy Myna is often mistaken as an Indian Myna.

 

Clarence Valley Conservation in Action Landcare hosts the Indian Myna project and has a comprehensive range of resources relating to Indian Mynas on their website including plans for building your own trap and tips for getting the best results from trapping.
 

Click here for the e-version of the Indian Myna handbook.

You can also help limit Indian Myna populations by reducing available food sources and available habitat.

  • Don’t leave pet food outside, feed pets indoors where possible or remove any leftovers.
  • Refrain from feeding native birds especially when Indian Mynas are around.
  • Put all food scraps in a covered bin, especially in picnic areas, school grounds and sports ovals.
  • Prevent access to poultry and stock feed.
  • Block holes in building roofs and eaves to stop Indian Mynas nesting.
  • Regularly check nest-boxes for Indian Mynas.
  • Destroy Indian Myna nests etc and clean out tree hollows and nest boxes thoroughly after the Mynas.
  • Plant a variety of native shrubs to reduce open areas in your garden. Avoid exotic trees. Keep any dead palm fronds trimmed.

 


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