Indian mynas

Indian mynas (also known as common mynas or just mynas) were first released in Australia in the 1860s. They are now abundant in suburban areas along the east coast and thrive in highly modified environments.

The Indian myna is not a prohibited or restricted invasive animal under the Biosecurity Act 2014.

What is Council doing?

Council’s approach to managing Indian mynas is to enhance the natural environment that supports native flora and fauna, such as habitat plantings and protection of wildlife habitat through Council’s reserves.

Council does not support a trapping program. This decision is based on animal welfare concerns and limited evidence that implementing a localised trapping program will reduce populations.

What can you do?

Council recommends residents plant native trees and shrubs to improve habitat on their property and to attract a greater diversity of native birds.

Some specific actions to limit numbers of birds include:

  • Not feeding Indian mynas and minimising access to food sources such as scraps and pet food.
  • Blocking any potential entry points to your roof and eaves where Indian mynas may nest.
  • Installing nest boxes with a backwards-facing entry, to support native hollow-dependent fauna and excluding Indian mynas.

Further information

More information about Indian mynas is available from the Queensland Government.