Indian Myna Bird Control

Species Information - Indian Myna (Acridotheres tristis)

What do they look like?

The Indian Myna is brown with a black head. It has a yellow bill, legs and bare yellow skin behind the eye. In flight it shows a large white patch on rounded black wings. Juveniles are duller and a plain brown.

Why are they considered such a pest?

Indian Mynas are native to India and were introduced to Australia and across the world in order to reduce insect populations in agricultural areas. Their populations have rapidly and significantly increased, and are actually ranked as one of the world’s 100 most invasive pest species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

They:

  • are aggressive and displace native birds;
  • take over tree hollows, chasing out other birds and possums, and are even known to plug up nest sites that they are not using;
  • eject nestlings and eggs of native birds from their nests;
  • compete with native fauna for food and habitat;
  • cause damage to buildings from their corrosive droppings;
  • make nests in roofing bringing in rubbish and mites and clog gutters;
  • can spread diseases as they forage through garbage and sewers;
  • harass pets and steal their food.

Why are they so common in urban areas?

Urban areas provide Indian Mynas with the perfect conditions to thrive; plenty of food left in playgrounds, garbage bins, uneaten pet food; sources of water; lots of places to nest (including gutters); lots of open space; and not many other native species that can compete with them.

Can they be confused with other species?

The Common Myna is sometimes confused with the slightly larger (24 cm - 29 cm) Noisy Miner, Manorina melanocephala. Although both species have similar common names, the Noisy Miner is actually a native honeyeater. Both have yellow bills, legs and bare eye skin, but the Common Myna is brown with a black head and in flight it shows large white wing patches. The Noisy Miner is mostly grey.

References: Kur-ring-gai Council Common Myna Trapping Program information. Pizzey, G. 2003, The Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, HarperCollins Publishers, Sydney.

Ordering Traps

The Hills Shire Council recognises our legal and ethical responsibilities to the Indian Myna Control Program - Traps will only be made available to customers who have read instructions on how to humanely euthanase and dispose of carcases and who agree to sign the Terms and Conditions of Use.

A bond of $100 is required at the time of hire and a cheque refund will be issued to the customer when the trap is returned to Council clean and without damage.

Care must be taken when handling birds as they may carry disease that can affect humans and other animals. Routinely wash your hands after handling all birds, and perhaps wear a face mask and/or gloves.

For more information call The Hills Shire Council on +61 2 9843 0310.

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