Pamela Gray with a trap used for trapping the Indian myna birds.
Pamela Gray with a trap used for trapping the Indian myna birds.

Keeping Indian mynas at bay

Byron and Tweed Shire Councils have joined forces to help landholders control Indian myna birds which pose a serious threat to native fauna.

The councils are urging the whole community to become involved in controlling the birds, first introduced into Australia from India and Asia in 1862 in a move to control pests in market gardens.

They have since colonised large areas of costal and inland south-eastern Australia.

Mynas nest in tree hollows and nest boxes, evicting native birds such as parrots, lorikeets and owls in the process and are considered opportunistic scavengers, out-competing native birds for food.

They also feed on the chicks and eggs of native bird species.

Tweed-Byron India myna project officer, Pamela Gray, said there were a number of ways to control the birds, including trapping. Traps, designed to ensure no native fauna is hurt, are available on loan from the councils.

If you need help controlling the birds, contact Pamela Gray on 66702778, Wednesday to Friday or email indiamyna@tweed.nsw.gov.au

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