Buy or Build an Indian (Common) Myna trap

  • The PeeGee Trap- is an inexpensive and easy to build mesh trap being used extensively in most eastern Australian Indian Myna habitat areas including by the CVCIA throughout the Clarence Valley. Materials cost less than $25 and plans for PeeGee traps can be downloaded here.
  • At present we are uncertain if we can continue to supply traps so we would ask you to be patient until the COV19 situation improves.
  • The CVCIA PeeGee Trap can be purchased for $25 plus freight. See Purchase an Indian Myna trap or phone Laura 0456 472 177 or email your details to mynas@cvcia.com.au including your phone number so we can call you to discuss.
  • Check with your local council as they may have a trapping program.
  • The Myna Magnet Trap – is an alternative that was developed at the ANU and is available for purchase on the web.
  • There are many more traps displayed and sold on the web but as we have little or no experience of them we are unable to comment on them.

If you need any help with building a PeeGee trap please contact Kevin on kevin@cvcia.com.au or phone 0490 795  283.

Pee Gee trap

PeeGee trap in front with a separate caller cage (optional) at the back

The beauty of the PeeGee trap is it is non-lethal so if you trap a native you can release it. If you trap a bird and you are not certain it is an Indian Myna, please phone Laura or Kevin on 0456 472 177 and we will be more than happy to advise.

If you are a Clarence Valley resident and do build your own trap, please let us know so we can keep track of how many birds have been removed from the Clarence Valley. You can use the Report Common Myna Form on this website or email mynas@cvcia.com.au

If you are a Clarence Valley resident and think you are interested in borrowing a trap from CVCIA Landcare, please call Laura on 0456 472 177 and then, if trapping is for you, we will arrange to loan you one as we usually have several on hand.

Guide and Tips to Trapping

    • Place the trap in a relatively open area or where birds have been seen regularly feeding on the ground. Observe the mynas’ habits. Look for their day and night use areas and place the trap accordingly.
    • Trapped native birds are protected by law and must be released as soon as possible so please monitor the trap regularly.
    • Bait the trap with Lucky Dog Minis minced beef or similar (should be predominately red in colour).
    • If the bait gets wet then re-bait with fresh biscuits, as it loses its attraction or smell.
    • When in use please keep the trap clean, baited and supplied with food and water.
    • Only set up the trap and remove trapped mynas when no free-flying mynas are around. If a trapped myna gives a distress call other mynas will be alerted of danger and may avoid your trap. Don’t let them see you. Be careful not to educate them about the trap.
    • The use of a caller bird (trapped myna) should be considered, although this requires more effort, it has a better success rate. The “caller” can live in the larger (holding) part of the trap. It must be looked after as a happy bird will encourage other mynas to visit it increasing your chances of trapping success. See our video on callers.
    • Patience and persistence is often required as the adults are clever birds and may take some time to catch.
    • Monitor any nesting boxes. If used by mynas, destroy the nest and any eggs then clean out the nest box as mynas are dirty tenants. Always wear gloves as mynas often carry mites, lice and diseases.

If you have a bird that has learnt to have a feed then go back out of the trap then you could consider either adding a swing door these are included with all our traps. Please contact us so we can send you details of this simple addition.

Native birds are protected by law so please make sure the bird you are trying to trap is an Indian (Common) Myna. If in any doubt please check the identification information provided on this website or ring 0456 472 177.

Indian Mynas are intelligent, fast learners. If you scare them, your chance of success is reduced.