The CVCIA Indian Myna group organises the distribution and management of Myna traps and data recording throughout the Clarence Valley. We operate in conjunction with and are assisted by the Clarence Valley Council. In 2012 a Commonwealth Government “Caring for our Country” grant funded an expansion to the the program.
CVCIA Volunteers Laura and Kevin are coordinating the Indian Myna Control Program and need as much help as you can provide.
Check out the What can I do? section to find out how to help, even just in your own backyard.
Enjoy our website, we hope it helps you to be informed and consider getting involved. The Indian (Common) Myna is a threat to the survival of our native wildlife. You can help make a difference.
For details on other Indian Myna group websites – click here Links to other Indian Myna Groups.
Indian Myna Identification
(If you prefer to watch a video, click [the link] and Laura will discuss the identification of an Indian Myna vs the native Noisy Miner.)
The Indian (or Common) Myna is a brown bird about 23-25cm tall with black head and neck; and a yellow beak, eye patch, feet and legs. Its white wing patches are obvious when they are flying. On the ground, where Mynas prefer to feed, it walks with a distinctive erect “strutting gait” rather than hops.
Indian Myna Identification (photo by Pam Kenway)
The bird most often mistaken for an Indian Myna is the Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala) a protected native.
Although the Noisy Miner and the Indian Myna both have yellow skin behind the eye and a yellow beak, you can distinguish the native Noisy Miner by its predominantly grey body and off-white chest. Noisy Miners are mainly nectar eaters so are mostly seen in flowering trees and shrubs. When on the ground, Noisys tend to hop or waddle. Whilst this bird may be noisy around the garden and can be territorial, it does not pose the same threat to other birds and animals as the Indian Myna, and the Noisy Miner is a protected species.
Noisy Miner Identification (photo by Pam Kenway)
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.
- Assist with our program as a local contact or collect trapping details once a month by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
- Get involved in the trapping program by contacting email@example.com
- Around your home, there are many things you can do to discourage Indian Mynas from visiting your yard. Populations generally occur in 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 and compost bins.
- 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 a Bird Friendly Garden (pdf 432kb) or for a more detailed Bird habitat guidelines for domestic gardeners (pdf 465kb)
- Report Indian Myna sightings in the Clarence Valley to CVCIA through the Report a Myna form or via email firstname.lastname@example.org or any sightings outside the Clarence Valley LGA, please report your sightings to MynaScan
Indian Myna Tallies in the Clarence Valley
For trapping details by localities see map below;
Indian (or Common) Mynas trapped in the Clarence Valley are currently being recorded in our database and then mapped. The map shows Mynas trapped from January 2011 to now, by number and locality. Clarence Valley trappers/shooters removed over 17,000 (2021) of these pest birds previously troubling our wonderful natives. For the tallies click the box at top right of map.
Active trappers are shown in blue, ex-trappers are yellow and the darker the colour the more Indian Mynas have been trapped at that site. Click on each pointer for details at that site. To hide either group click on the box left of the map heading and un-tick the item in the drop box you do not wish to see. To zoom use +/- buttons at lower left of the map and slide screen to move your view.
The more data we have the more effective our mapping and monitoring program will be. If you are successfully trapping or shooting Mynas in the Clarence Valley, please let us know even if you are not actually involved in the CVCIA program, so we can include your successes.
To view this map in full screen mode click the box at the top right of the map display.
The beauty of the PeeGee Myna traps we use is they are non-lethal so if you trap a native you can easily release it. If you are not sure the bird you have is an Indian Myna, please check the Indian Myna Identification phone Laura on 0456 472 177 or email and we will be more than happy to advise.
Catching Indian (Common) Mynas
There are a few tricks to catching the Indian Myna bird and the CVCIA Myna team are happy to help out and discuss these techniques with you as there are definitely some DON’Ts otherwise we teach Mynas to be trap savvy. Basically, you will need a trap, we can loan you one (Clarence Valley LGA only email email@example.com) or you can build your own for less than $30 (see Build a Trap), and then the choice of bait (Minced Beef – Lucky Dog Minis seems to be the best as Mynas like red), trap management and whether or not to use caller birds, will often determine how successful your trapping program is. Patience and persistence is often needed as they are CLEVER birds. Tips on trapping
The beauty of the PeeGee Myna traps is they are non-lethal so if you trap a native you can release it. If you are not sure the bird you have is an Indian Myna, please check the Indian Myna Identification or phone Laura or Kevin on 0456 472 177 or email .
We are happy to help.
The CVCIA has also developed and used successfully a couple of aviary traps: for details click here.
Euthanasing Indian Mynas
The recommended NSW DPIE methods of euthanasia should be used. (Check approved methods for other states.) You have a number of options for euthanasing the Indian (Common) Mynas you catch:
- CVCIA Landcare have a number of carbon dioxide gas set ups as well as traps specifically designed for CO2 euthanasing of Indian Mynas. Please please ring Laura on 0456 472 177 for details.
- Ask your local Vet if they would be willing to euthanase the birds for you.
- Cervical dislocation (breaking the neck) – this is only recommended for those who are experienced and confident to euthanase birds in this way.
- Or perhaps you would like to make your own mini CO2 gassing system similar to that shown below. Please click for details. Mini CO2 gassing system (204kb)
CVCIA Landcare volunteers are more than happy to help out with your Myna control needs.
Remember – every animal deserves a quick and humane death!
PG trap with CO2 gassing setup