What can I do?

You can make a big difference. The government departments and councils can only do so much – communities need to get involved and help out. And the CVCIA Landcare group is there to help coordinate and network interested people.

Things you can do to help stop the spread of the Indian Myna include:

  • Join CVCIA Landcare and network with other people interested in reducing the numbers of these birds, cane toads and other pests.
  • Assist with our program as a local contact or collect trapping details once a month by contacting laura@cvcia.org.au
  • Get involved in the trapping program by contacting laura@cvcia.org.au
  • Around your home, there are many things you can do to discourage Indian Mynas from visiting your yard.  Populations generally occur in urban or semi-rural areas where there is a reliable food source.

Reduce available food sources:

  • Don’t leave pet food outside, feed pets indoors where possible or remove any leftovers.
  • Refrain from feeding native birds especially when Indian Mynas are around.
  • Put all food scraps in a covered bin, especially in picnic areas, school grounds and sports ovals.
  • Prevent access to poultry and stock feed.

Reduce available habitat:

  • Block holes in building roofs and eaves to stop Indian Mynas nesting.
  • Regularly check nest-boxes for Indian Mynas.
  • Destroy Indian Myna nests etc and clean out tree hollows and nest boxes thoroughly after the Mynas.
  • Plant a variety of native shrubs to reduce open areas in your garden. Avoid exotic trees. Keep any dead palm fronds trimmed.
  • Make your garden more bird friendly click here to download details (pdf 815kb).
  • Report Indian Myna sightings to CVCIA through the Report a Myna form or via email mynas@cvcia.org.au
  • Monitoring the Mynas in your area over time. The ANU website lists a number of monitoring methods and the CVCIA hopes to, one day, set up a comprehensive Clarence Valley wide monitoring program so please let us know if you would like to be involved (we will need many people to do it properly).