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Are Indian Mynas the Major Bird on your Property?

 

Have you noticed a decline in native bird species particularly parrots, rosellas, lorikeets, dollar birds and small birds such as wrens in your garden?
This may well be a result of the increase in numbers and spread of Indian Mynas throughout the Northern Rivers. Indian Mynas are agressive feral pests. They take over nesting hollows from native birds and small mammals. They kill the chicks of other birds or destroy their eggs. They even take over and defend extra nesting hollows, however they only lay eggs in one of them. Highly terratorial Indian Mynas drive away the small birds which would normally eat the insects that live on native trees and shrubs. This means the trees themselves can become unhealthy from too many insects.
 

What can people do?

 

Clear away food scraps after eating outdoors.

  • Feed pets indoors, or clear away remaining food when they’ve finished.
  • Plant native shrubs to reduce open areas in gardens. Avoid planting trees with dense foliage, such as pencil pines, in which Mynas will roost at night.
  • Block holes in roofs or eaves to stop Indian Mynas from nesting – make sure you don’t accidentally trap a possum or bat.
  • On farms, feed stock only as much as they need, cover the feed bins and clean up any spills.
  • Get involved with a Community Trapping Program. Traps are available for loan through Northern Landcare Support Services (66323722) in Kyogle as well as through local councils in Lismore, Casino, Byron, Tweed and Ballina.
  • Build a trap yourself. Click here to view a plan for an Indian Myna trap.

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