Build a Myna trap

There are two main types of traps used to capture Indian Mynas:

    • The PeeGee Trap – is an inexpensive and easy to build mesh trap being used extensively in most NSW areas including by the CVCIA throughout the Clarence Valley. Materials cost around $22 and plans for PeeGee traps can be downloaded here.
    • The Myna Magnet Trap – is an alternative that has been developed by ANU and is available for purchase from them. For more information, check out the ANU website.
    • If you have an bird that has learnt to have a feed then go back out of the trap then you could consider either adding a swing door or the more complex drop door Drop Door Plan.
    • There are many more traps displayed and sold on the web. They appear expensive and as we have little or no experience of them we are unable to recommend them.

If you need any help with building a PeeGee trap please contact Kevin on kevin@cvcia.org.au or phone 0456 472 177

Pee Gee trap

PeeGee trap in front with a separate caller cage (0ptional) at the back

The beauty of the PeeGee & Myna Magnet traps is they are non-lethal so if you trap a native you can easily release it. If you trap a bird and you are not certain it is an Indian Myna, please phone Laura or Kevin on 6649 4712 ,ob 0456 472 177 and we will be more than happy to advise.

If you do build your own trap and start trapping Indian Mynas, please let us know so we can keep track of how many birds have been removed from the Clarence Valley. You can use the Report Common Myna Form on this website or email mynas@cvcia.org.au

If you think you are interested in borrowing a trap from CVCIA Landcare, please call Laura on 6649 4712 or 0456 472 177 and then, if trapping is for you, we will arrange to loan you one as we usually have several on hand.

Guide and Tips to Trapping

    • Place the trap in a relatively open area or where birds have been seen feeding on a regular basis. Observe the mynas habits. Look for their day and night use areas and place trap accordingly.
    • Trapped native birds are protected by law and must be released as soon as possible so please monitor the trap regularly.
    • Bait the trap with Lucky Dog Minis minced beef or similar (must be predominately red in colour).
    • If the bait gets wet then re-bait with fresh biscuits, as it loses its attraction or smell.
    • When in use please keep the trap clean, baited and supplied with food and water.
    • Only set up the trap and remove trapped mynas when no free-flying mynas are around. If a trapped myna gives a distress call other mynas will be alerted of danger and may avoid your trap. Don’t let them see you. Be careful not to educate them about the trap.
    • The use of a caller bird (trapped myna) should be considered, although this requires more effort, it has a better success rate. The “caller” can live in the larger (holding) part of the trap. It must be looked after as a happy bird will encourage other mynas to visit it increasing your chances of trapping success.
    • Patience and persistence is often required as the adults are clever birds and may take some time to catch.
    • Very wary birds are difficult and may need special traps. If you think this may be the case please call Laura or Kevin on 6649 4712 to discuss this.
    • Monitor any nesting boxes. If used by Mynas, destroy the nest and any eggs then clean out the nest box as mynas are dirty tenants.

If you have a bird that has learnt to have a feed then go back out of the trap then you could consider either adding a swing door. Please contact us so we can send you details of this simple addition.

Native birds are protected by law so please make sure the bird you are trying to trap is an Indian (Common) Myna if in any doubt please check the identification information provided  on this website.

Indian Mynas are intelligent, fast learners. If you scare them, your chance of success is reduced.