In inland areas it will probably follow roads and in places rail lines (esp. in grain growing areas) no doubt surviving on discarded food items, spilt grain, bins in rest areas etc. In and around towns pickings are easier, also around large rural properties,
grain handling facilities, feedlots and other intensive animal enterprises.
Presence in such places does not mean it will establish itself widely in arid/semiarid natural habitats or in modified habitats well away from favoured supplies of food and water. Though, being out there, the risk is there. One is reminded of this sort
of thing by the presence of Blackbirds in the oasis of the gardens around Oolambeyan Station, being surrounded by many Km of open unsuitable habitat for this bird. Some time in the past a pair etc,. got there and stayed. Also in my grain industry days of
colonies of Feral pigeons in and on most country grain silo.
On 24/10/2019 12:01 pm, Con Boekel wrote:
Given its home range it should not altogether surprise that it is invading the dry inland of Australia.
The IUCN has declared the Common Myna to be one of only three bird species in the top 100 worst invasive species list.
On 10/24/2019 11:01 AM, Noel Luff wrote:
as follow up - I note (from e-bird) there have also been recent sightings in Windorah and Winton. They are certainly on the march.
On Thu, Oct 24, 2019 at 8:53 AM Noel Luff <> wrote:
at the risk of sounding a bit "me too" - on my recent trip to Queensland there were 4 on Noonbah Station (owner Angus Emmott - a prominent naturalist) which is on the edge of the Channel Country roughly 100 kms south west of Longreach. He did
not seem to have any idea how they got there and did not seem to be in a hurry to eradicate them.
On Tue, Oct 22, 2019 at 11:23 AM Mark Clayton <> wrote:
I meant to send this to the chatline but only sent it to the original recipients without checking the "TO" address. I am sure it will stir a few comments.
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This problem is not going to go away. Indeed I already think it is too late to do anything about mynas in many localities. I regularly travel to my bird banding sites near West Wyalong and am seeing mynas further and further out along the Burley Griffin
Way. They are common at the McDonalds "Restaurant" on the Hume Highway outside Yass and I have seen them near Ariah Park, past Temora.
The ones that surprised me the most was a pair at a wheat silo that I have seen twice on separate occasions near Ungarie, which is about 42 kilometres north west of West Wyalong. The location is the most unlikely habitat I would expect to find this
species, essentially open wheat fields with regenerating Callitris along some of the road verges. How they got there is beyond me. I don't think trains run other than during harvest time - there won't be much of that this year - so perhaps they have
come in on a truck , but again I have my doubts.
Around Canberra I have seen them at Uriarra Crossing, and out past the Namadgi Visitors Centre, and well out along the Barton and Federal Highways. In Gungahlin I counted 44 sitting on a school roof. The then ACT "Government" (pre self government) many years
ago was too scared of the public's reaction about eliminating the species when they were first introduced.
I think we are going to have to live with them unfortunately. CIMAG is trying valiantly but, in my opinion, won't stop the species in the ACT.
On 21/10/2019 9:01 pm, William Handke wrote:
Jenny et alia: disturbing news below. Mega picked up a trap over the weekend, and hopefully the battle will be joined by others.
Sent: Wednesday, 2 October 2019 1:56 PM
Subject: PeeGee trap for Common Mynas
I live in NSW in Capertee. I have observed a few Mynas in our property and in the village and want to trap them before they breed up.
I contacted my local council (Lithgow). They don’t have a program at this stage although they have had at least one other report of Mynas - alarmingly in the Capertee Valley which is home to Regent Honeyeaters.
The council gave me a link to your site for information on trapping. If at all possible I would like to buy one of your traps. I could pick it up in a couple of weeks when I will be visiting Canberra. I’m not inclined to make my own!
I would be grateful if you could let me know what is possible.