Indian Mynah control

To: "'Rod Warnock'" <>, "'Michael Hunter'" <>
Subject: Indian Mynah control
From: "Stephen Ambrose" <>
Date: Tue, 17 Nov 2020 15:23:17 +1100

Hi Rod and others,


We have had a similar experience at our home in Ryde (Sydney). When we moved into our current place about 16 years ago, we replaced a large part of the lawn with locally-native bottlebrushes and grevilleas. Not only have the Noisy Miners come in, but also the Rainbow Lorikeets, and they seem to be keeping the Common Mynas out (which were once abundant here).  Our street was also tree-scaped by Ryde City Council with local species about 5 years ago, which have favoured Rainbow Lorikeets and Noisy Miners over Common Mynas.  The bottlebrushes and grevilleas in our garden and along the private driveway that we share with several other houses have flowered profusely this year. Despite the large numbers of Noisy Miners and Rainbow Lorikeets, smaller honeyeaters such as Eastern Spinebills and White-plumed Honeyeaters, have been feeding on the local abundance of nectar, as have the larger Red Wattlebird and Noisy Friarbird.


Kind regards,



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From: Birding-Aus <> On Behalf Of Rod Warnock
Sent: 17 November 2020 2:27 PM
To: Michael Hunter <>
Cc: <> <>
Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Indian Mynah control


When I arrived in Kilaben Road ,Kilaben Bay on Lake MacQuarie 40 years ago I was plagued with Indian Mynas.

I planted Grevilleas and Bottlebrushes and in came Noisy Miners after the above native plantings within 12 months the Indian Mynas vanished. No baiting etc they simply vanished. All I planted were as above.

Best regards

Rod Warnock PhD AFIAP

Nature: The Cathedral of Awe !!

Rod Warnock Bird and Wildlife Photography    


On Mon, Nov 16, 2020 at 2:41 PM Michael Hunter <m("","drmhunter");" target="_blank">> wrote:

Indian Mynahs are a pestilence on much of Sydney's suburbia.

They can be virtually totally eliminated by blocking  their nesting cavities, which are invariably under the eaves of houses, often via gutters.

Trapping and wringing their necks ("euthanising") is never ending, stopping them from breeding is permanent.

In Suburbia it would be a big deal for all houses to block off, but should be a program instituted by all the relevant Councils. 

Education pamphlets distributed to all households, possibly the provision of mobile teams of ladder men with a supply of old ("nylon") socks or wire netting would get completely rid of these "flying rats".

Hopefully  the return of many small native bird spp. to suitable areas would follow. Particularly areas without uncontrolled cat populations .

I can personally vouch for this. The only Indian Mynah nest in a tree cavity that I have seen was short lived thanks to either goannas or other hole nesting birds . Not applicable in most of infested Suburbia.

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