Indian Mynas are recent invaders to Byron Shire and their populations are growing in number at an increasingly rapid rate.
Indian Mynas are a threat to the survival of our native wildlife. These pest birds out compete native birds and mammals for tree hollows by working together to bully adults and eject any nestlings before taking over nest sites.
Tweed and Byron Shire Councils are working together to implement an Indian Myna control program. The program is funded by the NSW State Government's Environmental Trust and has four main components:
- raising public awareness that Indian Mynas are a serious environmental and health threat, and that we all need to be involved in controlling this species;
- supporting the community to undertake a humane reduction program;
- networking with other councils to increase the level of Indian Myna control that is happening in other areas; and
- monitoring the success of the program.
For the Indian Myna control program to be successful we need a high level of community involvement. The problem is too big for any one person, or group of people, to tackle.
With a concerted, coordinated and sustained effort, the control program aims to have a significant impact on reducing the Indian Myna population in the region, and therefore give our native birds and small mammals a fighting chance of survival into the future.
If you would like to borrow an Indian Myna Trap or help with the project in another way please contact Jo Green Council's Natural Habitat Officer on 02 6626 7068 or email email@example.com
Indian Mynas, introduced pests vs. Noisy Miners, local native honey eaters
Indian Mynas are often confused with the native honey eater Noisy Miner because they have similar behaviour. If you are unsure which you are seeing in your neighbourhood or property check the differences.
Indian Mynas - What can you do?
What can you do to help control Indian Mynas?
Tweed and Byron Shire Councils have recently initiated a joint program of Indian Myna control in the region. There is now an Indian Myna Project Officer that can provide you with information and assistance with controlling Indian Mynas at your property.
- Get involved in an Indian Myna eradication program. Contact Council's Natural Habitat Officer on 02 6626 7068 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please discuss control options and techniques with the Indian Myna Project Officer before trying to get rid of the birds. Indian Mynas learn extremely quickly. One failed attempt to trap or shoot the birds can teach a whole flock to avoid traps or shooters;
- Limit access to food. Feed pets indoors, or clear away when they've finished. Don’t leave compost or rubbish bins uncovered as Mynas like to scavenge;
- Make sure that Indian Mynas do not have access to feed intended for your livestock. Where possible, feed livestock only as much as they need at the time, cover the feed bins and clean up any spills;
- Clear away food scraps after eating outdoors;
- Block holes in roofs or eaves to prevent Mynas from roosting or nesting - make sure you don’t accidentally trap a possum, bat or other native species;
- Plant native shrubs to reduce open grassy areas in gardens;
- Restore disturbed sites with native plant species that are local to your area. As Indian Mynas thrive in a disturbed landscape, new subdivisions provide a prime opportunity for them to extend their range. Restoring disturbed sites with native vegetation that is local to your area will assist in providing habitat more suited to native bird species than Indian Mynas; and
- If you use nesting boxes to encourage wildlife, try to use a nest box with a baffle or a backwards facing entry. This will allow access to small possums, gliders, small bats and some native birds while excluding common Myna birds.