Indian Mynas in Australia

Around 1862 the Indian (or Common) Myna was first introduced into Melbourne to control insects in market gardens and soon after to Sydney. In Queensland they were brought to Cairns to try to control the cane beetle. Cairns is now estimated to have about 1000 birds per square kilometre. A few Indian Mynas were taken to Canberra in 1969 (apparently by some well meaning retiree who thought they have a beautiful call) and since 2006 Canberra Indian Myna Action Group have trapped over 45,000 birds.

Mynas have spread across most of Eastern Australia as far west as Deniliquin, West Wyalong, Nyngan and Moree and even reported sightings in Broken Hill and Adelaide. A pair of Mynas recently stowed away on the ferry to Tasmania and another bird hitch-hiked to Perth on a truck. Their spread in the last 10 years has been devastating. The Indian Myna is listed as one of the top 100 world’s worst invasive species by the World Conservation Union (IUCN). Mynas were voted “the most hated pest in Australia” on ¬†ABC’s Wild Watch Quest for Pests in 2005.

Indian Mynas in the Clarence Valley

Indian Mynas have been spotted in nearly every locality and town in the Clarence Valley. Sightings are being mapped by the CVCIA Myna team and can be seen in this Batchgeo map below.

View Indian Myna sightings – Clarence Valley in a full screen map.
View Indian Myna trappings – Clarence Valley in a full screen map.

Indian Mynas are a serious threat to our native birds and mammals, particularly those which are tree hollow dependant. We need more people out there trapping these birds and working together to reduce their numbers and assist in maintaining the balance. Please report any large numbers of Indian Mynas seen so we can try to recognise any trends in spread and bird numbers to coordinate our trapping efforts.