RFI: Common Myna distribution, SEQ

To: "Lawrie Conole" <>
Subject: RFI: Common Myna distribution, SEQ
From: Peter Woodall <>
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2003 12:56:56 +1000
Hi Laurie and others

I can't answer your specific questions without digging out
filed records but I can give some general info on the
Common Myna in SEQ.

With the help of many members of Birds Queensland,
I've just completed a second garden
bird survey for Queensland, running for a year over 1999-2000,
20 years after the first in 1979/80. (Sunbird 2002: 32: 37-51).

Records (weekly) came from 123 gardens (100 in 79/80) over a
year and were predominantly from the SE of Queensland. On
average we had 28.5 weeks or records from each garden (28.2
in 79/80).

Common Myna is now 34th on the list of species, recorded from
28% of the gardens while in 79/80 it was only recorded from 5%
of gardens.

In 1978/80 it was recorded from only 5% of the records (weeks x sites)
and in 1999/2000 this had increased to 11%.

So it is still fairly patchy in the SE,   its rate of increase by sites
of 23% over the 20 years is matched or bettered by the following species:

Rainbow Lorikeet, +46%
Crested Pigeon, 34%
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo,32%
Common Koel,28%
Blue-faced Honeyeater, 24%
Noisy Miner, 23%

It is the small species that have declined!



At 01:04 PM 21/02/2003 +1100, you wrote:
Hi birders

When I was touring the Sunshine Coast of SE Queensland last week, I
didn't see any Common Mynas!  This is good news of course, but I suspect
I just drove down the wrong roads.  Are they present in places like
Caloundra and Nambour?  If not, how far away are they?  I didn't even
notice any at Brisbane Airport, which surprised me a bit.

Curious ...

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