Supporting Voluntary Natural Resource Management

In the Hastings and Camden Haven River Catchment

Indian Myna Control Program

Dung Beetle field day

The revised Indian Myna Control Project Handbook is now available.

This informative booklet will be provided to all trappers. For your free copy please contact Hastings Landcare or your local community contact person. This handbook was funded by the NSW Environmental Trust, Holiday Coast Credit Union, Port Macquarie Hastings Council and supported by NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service, Landcare, Coffs Harbour City Council, Bellingen Shire Council, Northern Rivers CMA and Nambucca Shire Council.

The Indian Myna Acridotheres tristis (also known as the Common Myna) was introduced into Australia in the late 1860s to control insects but has since become a huge problem in cities and urban centres along the Eastern seaboard. Indian Mynas compete for nesting hollows with native birds, destroying their eggs and chicks and interrupting natural breeding. They will also evict small mammals from their hollows leaving them potentially unusable due to their messy nesting habits. The Indian Myna is listed by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) as one of the worlds top 100 most invasive species, of which only 3 are birds.

Indian Mynas can pose a threat to human health, especially if they nest in your roof where they can start a bird mite infestation in your house, which is highly unpleasant and can last up to 3 weeks.

It is relatively easy to distinguish between the Australian native Noisy Miner and the imported menace. Indian Mynas are brown with a black head and a yellow beak, eye and legs. (insert Pictures)
If you think you have Indian Mynas then why not become part of our monitoring program.

There are many things that individuals can do to reduce the numbers.

These include:

  • Making sure food scraps, pet food, and native bird feeders are not available to them.
  • Blocking holes in roofs & eaves to deny Mynas roosting sites.
  • Removing exotic trees with dense foliage such as palms and conifers
  • Planting natives to encourage native birds.

Specially designed traps are available, along with information on control, trapping and humane euthanasia. Any native birds which enter the traps are promptly released unharmed. Spring and Summer is the best trapping time, as Mynas form breeding pairs and look for nesting sites, and gather in family groups of 6 to 12 to look for food.

If you have noticed Indian Mynas in your neighbourhood, and would like to be involved in the monitoring or trapping program, please call Hastings Landcare on 02 6586 4465.

The community needs to work together if we are to protect and maintain our local biodiversity and our peace of mind. Your input is most appreciated.

For further information please follow the link

The following pictures will assist you in clearly identifying the Indian Myna vs the Noisy Miner

Indian Myna Noisy Miner

Further Information

Trap Designs