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What MynaScan provides


 

MynaScan provides

  • A freely available website containing the latest myna bird information, online resources, links to local groups and community myna control programs.
  • A mapping tool to help you map sightings of myna birds, record myna bird damage (problems), and record control activities in your local area - This will help with the management of myna birds.
  • An Australia-wide myna bird database showing trends in reported myna birds and problems, and locations where communities are coming together to tackle the myna bird problem.

Why we need to come together to control myna birds

Myna birds are listed by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) as one of the World's 100 Worst Invasive Species. They are a major threat to our native wildlife as they evict native birds from nests and tree hollows. They are recognised as a threat to many of our native wildlife and many threatened species (such as superb parrots). Myna birds damage fruit crops, orchards and vineyards, and feed on stock food and grain in rural areas. They are also a threat to human health, and are considered a nuisance in urban areas where they scavenge around restaurants and cafes, foul water, nest in roof cavities and roost in large communal groups. MynaScan has been developed to support communities and local groups to control myna birds and reduce their adverse impacts.

Populations are increasing and they are spreading

 
Myna birds mainly live in urban, peri-urban and rural landscapes. Populations are spreading into new areas of Victoria, NSW, Queensland and the ACT. They have been recorded in Tasmania but their numbers are low. Landholders, communities and researchers are concerned about the spread and impacts of myna birds. In order to control their spread and the damage they cause, we need to know where they are, how many there are, and what damage they are causing. Community action has proven to be successful in many areas of eastern Australia. MynaScan aims to help communities and local authorities reduce the spread of myna birds and the damage they cause. Don't let myna birds establish in your area!

Map sightings of myna birds, myna damage and control activities in your area

 
Knowing where myna birds occur is critical for their management. Recording sightings and the damage/problems caused by myna's will help to coordinate local control activities, protect assets, and inform the community about how to prevent myna bird problems. MynaScan has been constructed to be a resource for you. It can help you record sightings of myna birds, myna bird damage and control activities. MynaScan will also soon offer a map printing facility so you can create and print a map of your area with your own data. We hope that MynaScan is used by you or others to coordinate control or activities to prevent the establishment and damage caused by myna birds in your area.

Myna bird, by L HanschSource: Lindsay Hansch

Recent Records
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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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