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 where ever possible traps are provided for that site.
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.