Draft Myna Bird Flyer 2000 V2

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					                                            WHO DO I CONTACT                         INDIAN MYNA
What about Trapping?                          FOR FURTHER                               BIRDS
Some Councils have tried using               INFORMATION?
traps as a means of managing Indian                                                   ‘The Flying Cane Toad’
Myna birds. Unfortunately, these            For further information contact Port
traps have not always proved                Stephens Council (see below) or visit
successful and the Indian Myna birds        the following website:
                                                                                     WHY ARE THEY
quickly learn to avoid the traps.                                                     A PROBLEM &
Council will continue to trial the                     myna/index.html               HOW CAN YOU
traps however you can help by
doing what's recommended in this
brochure; and alerting your family
and friends to the problem.

                                                     Port Stephens Council
                                                        116 Adelaide St
                                                 Raymond Terrace NSW 2324
                                                      Phone: 02 4980 0255
                                                       Fax: 02 4987 3612

   Source: Geoffrey Dabbo

                                                                                      Photo by Andrew Tatnell, Big Island Photographics

Where are they?                           What do they eat?                                                            Uncovered bins (left)
                                                                                                                       and pet bowls (below)
Indian Myna Birds are common along        The Indian Myna has a varied diet and will eat                               are a favourite food
the entire eastern coast of Australia     insects, fruits, vegetables, pet food, poultry
including Port Stephens.                  feed, stock feed, and most food scraps. As a
                                          good scavenger, the Indian Myna has learned
Where do they live?                       from experience and will return to sites where
                                                                                               What can we do?
                                                                                               * Remove uneaten pet food and don’t leave
The Indian Myna lives in urban and        “free” food is readily available. This can include
                                                                                               pet food outside and uncovered.
rural areas near towns and villages.      uncovered pet bowls, outdoor eating areas, fast
                                                                                               * Use bins with lids
Open space, lawns, and low density        food outlets, picnic areas and uncovered bins.
                                                                                               * Refrain from feeding native, and other,
shrubs and trees are enjoyed by           The Indian Myna will even pick out newly
Indian Myna’s, whilst disadvantaging                                                           animals, and do not leave food scraps in in
                                          planted seedlings.
native birds. During breeding season                                                           picnic areas.
                                                                                               * Seal off potential entry points for birds
the Indian Mynas will nest in hollows,
                                                   How do they impact                          into buildings.
artificial nest boxes and accessible
building cavities. Non breeding Myna’s
                                                        on us?                                 * Plant native vegetation in your garden
                                          * Threat to native birds by out competing them       rather than exotic trees and palms.
roost in communal sites, such as the
                                          for already scarce nesting sites and have even       * Increase the frequency of cleaning of
dense foliage of exotic plants,
                                          been known to destroy native birds nests.            outdoor eating areas around shops,
especially palms and conifers.
                                          * Noise from roosting sites mainly at dawn and       restaurants etc.
                                          dusk.                                                * Restrict access to poultry and stock feed.
                                          * Fouling around nesting sites.                      * Alert friends and family to the problem.
                                          * Bird mite infestation of buildings.
                            Palms and
                           other exotic   * Large numbers of Myna birds near areas of
                            plants with   easily available food.
                          dense foliage
                                are       * Reduction of aesthetics/amenity.
                          preferred by
                          Indian Mynas    * Aggressive behaviour due territorial defence.
                                          * Potential disease vector.
                                          * Minor pest to agriculture.                                      Source:
                                                                                                                   Geoffrey Dabbo

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