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Indian MynaThe Indian Myna, Tweed's new (and very unwelcome) resident

The Indian Myna (also known as the Common Myna or House Myna) were first recorded in Tweed Shire in 2002. Since that time, local populations of this feral bird have grown at an increasingly rapid rate.

Throughout its native and introduced range, the distribution of Indian Mynas is closely linked to that of human distribution. They thrive in habitat that has been created by humans, such as urban, industrial and agricultural areas and areas of open woodland.

Indian Mynas are a serious threat to the survival of our native wildlife as they are a hollow-nesting species. During the nesting season, they become very aggressive and take over hollows that would have been used by our hollow-dependant species, such as lorikeets and rosellas, kookaburras and sugar gliders. If a hollow is already occupied, they will evict whoever is in there, even animals as big as possums.

Tweed Shire Council is working to implement an Indian Myna control program. The program is jointly funded by Tweed Shire Council and the NSW State Government's Environmental Trust, and has four main components:

  1. raising public awareness that Indian Mynas are a serious environmental and health threat, and that we all need to be involved in controlling this species;
  2. supporting the community to undertake a humane reduction program;
  3. networking with other councils to increase the level of Indian Myna control that is happening in other areas; and
  4. monitoring the success of the program.

For the Indian Myna control program to be successful we need a high level of community involvement. The problem is too big for any one person, or group of people, to tackle.

With a concerted, coordinated and sustained effort, the control program aims to have a significant impact on reducing the Indian Myna population in the region, and therefore give our native birds and small mammals a fighting chance of survival into the future.

If you are interested in becoming involved in controlling Indian Mynas contact Tweed Shire Council on 02 6670 2400.

Indian Mynas, Introduced Pests vs. Noisy Miners, Local Native Honeyeaters

The Indian Myna

The Indian Myna is a very distinctive bird. There are a number of features that will help you to recognise it:

  • It is a medium sized chocolate-brown bird with a black head and neck;
  • It is about 25 cm tall;
  • It has a yellow beak, eye patch, feet and legs;
  • It has white wing patches that are obvious when the birds are flying; and
  • It walks (some say struts) rather than hops.
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The Native Noisy Minor

The Noisy Miner is native to Australia. The native Noisy Minor (Manorina melanocephala) is a honeyeater that is sometimes confused with the Indian Myna.
Although the Noisy Miner and the Indian Myna both have yellow skin behind the eye and a yellow beak and legs, you can distinguish the native Noisy Miner by its predominantly grey body. Whilst this bird may be noisy around the garden and can be territorial, it does not pose the same threat to other birds as the Indian Myna, and is a protected species.

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Other Indian Myna Control Programs

Please visit the following web sites for information regarding other Indian Myna control programs:

Canberra Indian Myna Action Group (external link)

NSW Department of Primary Industries - Pest Animal Management (external link)

Clarence Valley Conservation in Action (external link)

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