Catching an Indian Myna

There are a few tricks to catching the Indian Myna bird and the CVCIA Myna team are happy to help out and discuss these techniques with you. Basically, you will need a trap, we can loan you one or you can build your own for less than $20 (see the Build a Trap page) and then the choice of bait (Minced Beef – Lucky Dog Minis seems to be the best as Mynas like red), trap management and whether or not to use caller birds, will often determine how successful your trapping program is. Patience and persistence is often needed as they are CLEVER birds.

The beauty of the PeeGee Myna traps is they are non-lethal so if you trap a native you can easily release it. If you are not sure the bird you have is a Indian Myna, please phone Laura or Kevin on 6649 4712 or email mynas@cvcia.org.au and we will be more than happy to help.

The following handbook will help get your started:

Euthanasing Indian Mynas

You have a number of options for euthanasing the Indian Mynas you catch:

  • CVCIA Landcare have a number of carbon dioxide gas set ups as well as traps specifically designed for CO2 euthanasing of Indian Mynas. Please please ring Laura on 6649 4712 to discuss where our nearest gas bottle is located.
  • Ask your local Vet if they would be willing to euthanase the birds for you.
  • Cervical dislocation (breaking the neck) – this is only recommended for those who are experienced  and confident to euthanase birds in this way.

CVCIA Landcare volunteers are more than happy to help out with your Myna control needs. Check out the ANU and Mid North Coast Myna euthanasia sections on their websites for more information. Remember – every animal deserves a quick, humane and painless death!