Common Mynas (again)

To: Canberra birds <>
Subject: Common Mynas (again)
From: John Layton <>
Date: Sat, 21 Nov 2020 06:07:09 +0000

I think it was Martin Butterfield who wrote:

Dear Ancient Twitcher

The Canberra Indian Myna Action Group has done an excellent job of stopping the increase of the pests in Canberra . However as another ancient twitcher said quite a few years ago "They'll never get rid of the Mynas until they get rid of the stables at Queanbeyan and Canberra race tracks."

Common Mynas can be a menace to horse owners. I understand they will attempt to nest in the horses’ manes thereby driving the neddies nuts. But there’s a solution readily available, just sprinkle yeast (brewers or bakers, both are equally effective) through the manes, and presto! the birds depart. In support of this claim I refer you to the writings of Rudyard Kipling, viz. Oh, yeast is yeast, and nest is nest, and never the mane shall tweet.


John Layton



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