Indian Myna Birds in the Clarence Valley

Indian Mynas (Acridotheres tritus)

Indian Mynas (Acridotheres tritus)

The Common or Indian mynas, as they are generally known, have been aptly called the “flying cane toads” or “rats with wings” due to its aggressive nature towards native birds and their life cycles.

Indian Mynas are territorial birds that attack and often kill native wildlife and threaten our natural biodiversity.  Indian Mynas were introduced into Melbourne’s market gardens in the 1860s to keep down insects. They were then taken to Cairns and other places in far north Queensland to control insects in cane fields. Mynas are now often the predominant bird in urban areas all along the east coast – from Cairns to Melbourne.  Mynas lay up to 6 eggs several times a year and can rare up to 20 chicks per year.

They nest in tree hollows driving out native animals and birds, killing the young and ejecting the parents.

They can also nest under roofs, in gutters, sheds and often bring with them mites which can cause skin rashes and asthma.

What can residents do?

Trapping program:

  • The Clarence Valley trapping program use non lethal traps to specifically target Indian Mynas.
  • In the 5 years (2011-15) Landcare volunteers (with Council support) have been running a control program where 8000 Indian myna have been removed from the Clarence Valley LGA.
  • There are still many locations throughout the valley with large numbers of myna birds. 
  • Identification between the native and Indian myna is essential when controlling these introduced birds.   If you are unsure go to the www.cvcia.org.au website and compare the two species.
  • If you would like to be an Indian myna controller please email the CVCIA at mynas@cvcia.org.au or ask at Clarence Valley Council for trap access information.

Reduce available food sources:

  • Don’t leave pet food outside, feed pets indoors where possible or remove 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 sporting ovals.
  • Prevent access to poultry and stock feed.

Reduce available habitat:

  • Block holes in building roofs and eaves to stop Indian mynas nesting.
  • Plant a wide variety of native shrubs to reduce the open areas in your garden. Avoid exotic tree species commonly used as roosts eg pines, palms.
  • Regularly check your nest boxes for Indian mynas.
  • Keep an eye on hollow trees and check for Indian myna presence.  Remove if possible and clean out hollow.

If in doubt or need further information please visit www.cvcia.org.au website or email mynas@cvcia.org.au for a trap

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