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Control techniques and best practice


 
Myna birds are intelligent and can be difficult to control. The aim of myna bird control should be to reduce the damage caused by myna birds, reduce their numbers, eradicate local isolated populations, prevent opportunities for myna's, and reduce their potential to reproduce. Many local councils and communities throughout Australia are working together to reduce myna bird populations. Preventing myna birds from colonising new areas is considered the best approach to contain populations, and in areas where myna's are already established, experts recommend controlling myna's in key locations and around assets such as biodiversity values, near roosting sites, and in urban backyards.
 
To get involved in a myna bird control program in your area, contact your local authorities and find out whether there are any formed groups operating in your district. See links to relevant agencies. There may be other groups operating in your area, so contact your local council or local pest control authorities. By getting together with other people in your local area, you can share knowledge, equipment, skills and experience to reduce myna's in your area.

Top Tips for controlling myna birds

  1. Record sightings of myna's, damage caused by myna's and any activities people are talking to reduce mynas or the damage they cause
  2. Contact your neighbours, local community groups and local Council
  3. Join or form a myna bird control program in your local area
  4. Contact other groups for sharing of knowledge and ideas
  5. Monitor myna bird numbers and levels of damage before, during and after control
  6. Inform as many people as possible about the problem and ask for help!  

To find out about any community myna control action groups in your area, go to check with your local council.

How to reduce myna bird problems

In most instances, a few simple modifications to our own behaviour and habits can reduce opportunities for myna birds:
  • Plant open canopy species to reduce communal roosting options
  • Feed pets indoors or after dark
  • Seal off potential entry points to your roof to reduce nesting options
  • Cover food and use bins with lids
  • Do not leave food scraps unattended in picnic areas
  • Remove uneaten pet food and cover food containers
  • Plant native vegetation in landscaping, gardens and open spaces.
  • Remove access to poultry and stock feed
  • Regularly clean outdoor eating areas around shops, restaurants and cafe's
  • Keep informed and tell your friends about these simple solutions.

MynaScan can help

MynaScan provides a range of information to help with the control of myna birds in your area, and can provide a website to record myna bird sightings, damage and control information for your area that can be shared with others. 
 

Standard Operating Procedures for controlling pest birds

Further information

 
Trapping Matters (CIMAG website) - see www.indianmynaaction.org.au/
How to trap myna's (Myna Trapping Help Sheet - CIMAG website).
Standard Operating Procedure - Trapping of pest birds (PDF).
Common Indian Myna website - Humane disposal page

Adopt best practice pest control

The principles of best practice pest control apply equally to myna's as they do other pest species. Experts recommend pest control should be coordinated with your neighbours, using many methods and across large landscapes. Invite as many people as you can to join you in controlling myna's in your local area, and share your knowledge, skills, equipment and experience. Read more - Canberra Indian Myna Action Group guide for best practice (PDF) 
 
 
Bruce Lindenmayer demonstrates how to set a trap in your back garden. Photo by Geoffrey Dabb.
Image source, G Dabb
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CONTROL ADVICE

  • Never approach traps during daylight hours as trapped myna birds may give an alarm call that other birds will hear. Thereafter they may perceive the trap as a threat - Bill Handke
  • Make sure there is plenty of food, water and shelter in your myna bird trap - Happy lure birds (callers) will attract others - Nick K
  • Email your top control tips to mynascan@feralscan.org.au and we’ll display them here
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