birding-aus Common Mynas

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Subject: birding-aus Common Mynas
From: Jill Dening <>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 1999 18:51:22 +1000

All this talk about the explosion of Common Myna populations is really
hitting me hard. Here on the Sunshine Coast, Qld,  we have the very
beginnings of an invasion. Two birds here, they turn into five; one here,
one there, seven another place. Not big numbers, but worrying. I have been
collecting all sightings from Noosa to Caboolture during the past year, and
have written about the wretched bird in local publications, but no one
really seems interested. There is an acceptance, an apathy, when I suggest
that this species has the ability to supplant small native species in our
area. Development in our area is so entrenched, so deeply relied upon for
income, that the community seems happy to accept the small (?) price of
local extinctions of some species. So what's the difference between
extinction via development or extinction via aggressive species? The latter
question is rhetorical.

I understand that whilst the bird is not protected, it is not legal to kill
it. Would somebody kindly confirm or correct this (referring to Qld)? What
on earth can we do about it? Will we be known as the generation which could
have taken appropriate action, but didn't bother? Will it reach its plateau
of population leve?. Even if so, how many native species will it wipe out
before this point is reached? I care greatly about my local area, and
grieve for the possible loss of local species, brought about by Common


Jill Dening
Sunshine Coast, Qld

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