Roll-your-own myna traps

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Subject: Roll-your-own myna traps
From: "John Layton" <>
Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2006 20:39:34 +1000
Re current talk about Common Myna traps: If you can get a copy of Bird Banding by Elliott McClure (1984) you'll find it contains descriptions and diagrams of many different bird traps, several easily constructed from scrap timber, netting wire etc. I've not read it thoroughly for a good while, but I think some traps (perhaps with a little modification) would work with mynas. For example, there's one trap, designed for House Sparrows, which McClure acknowledges as being a modified, scaled-down, Australian crow trap.
Elliot McClure is a venerable California birdman who, I suspect, may now be birding somewhere in a big celestial nature park. He originally compiled the material (some drawn from The  Australian Bird Bander) in 1963 for use by an outfit called the Migratory Animal Pathological Survey of Eastern Asia.
There's also interesting stuff on bat catching and preservation of dead birds together with their ectoparasites, as well as a tantalising, albeit perfunctory, description of an explosive-powered cannon net. I reckon this one has real potential for modification to a myna trap - just insert fragmentation grenades in lieu of netting (my suggestion, not McClure's). Disappointingly, the good Dr McClure deftly sidesteps further detailed technical description by advising,"The bander who attempts this method can fortify himself with information from the manufacturer." Drat!
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John Layton.
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