What can I do?

You can make a big difference. The government departments and councils can only do so much – communities need to get involved and help out. And the CVCIA Landcare group is there to help coordinate and network interested people.

Things you can do to help stop the spread of the Indian Myna include:

  • Join CVCIA Landcare and network with other people interested in reducing the numbers of these birds and cane toads.
  • Assist with our program as a local contact or collect trapping details once a month by contacting laura@cvcia.com.au
  • Get involved in the trapping program by contacting laura@cvcia.com.au
  • Around your home, there are many things you can do to discourage Indian Mynas from visiting your yard.  Populations generally occur in urban or semi-rural areas where there is a reliable food source.

Reduce available food sources:

  • Don’t leave pet food outside, feed pets indoors where possible or remove any leftovers.
  • Refrain from feeding native birds especially when Indian Mynas are around.
  • Put all food scraps in a covered bin, especially in picnic areas, school grounds and sports ovals.
  • cover compost piles.
  • Prevent access to poultry and stock feed.

Reduce available habitat:

  • Block holes in building roofs and eaves to stop Indian Mynas nesting.
  • Regularly check nest-boxes for Indian Mynas.
  • Destroy Indian Myna nests etc and clean out tree hollows and nest boxes thoroughly. Wear gloves when handling Mynas or their nesting materials.
  • Plant a variety of native shrubs to reduce open areas in your garden. Avoid exotic trees. Keep any dead palm fronds trimmed.
  • Make your garden more bird friendly click here to download details (pdf 815kb).
  • Report Indian Myna sightings in the Clarence Valley to CVCIA through the Report a Myna form or via email mynas@cvcia.com.au  or any sightings outside the Clarence Valley LGA, please report your sightings to MynaScan