Common Myna travelling routes

To: "Peter Shute" <>
Subject: Common Myna travelling routes
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2008 16:48:57 +1100

I rarely see 'frontier' Mynas when I'm on back roads so it may be a
combination of suitable environmental corridors and food supplies.  I have
seen Mynas picking at dead birds in the suburbs but not road kill in the
highway sense, so roadkill may not be a factor.

Some Victorian road reserves, particularly in Gippsland, aren't park-like
and could stop or slow down Myna colonisation - no Mynas in Mallacoota,


             "Peter Shute"                                                 
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             17/01/08 04:22 PM         <>, "birding 
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                                       RE: [Birding-Aus] Common Myna       
                                       travelling routes                   

 wrote on Thursday, 17 January 2008
2:35 PM:

> I have done a bit of travelling around Victoria this year and
> often see Mynas on the roadside - Hume Freeway, Princes
> Highway in Gippsland, etc.
> It seems that road reserves provide Mynas with a travelling
> route provisioned by food scraps discarded by motorists.

I know an ex truckie who travelled the Hume between Melbourne and the
border for many years, and he says he watched their gradual progress up
the highway.

I don't know if the rubbish dumped on the road reserves provided the
food to allow this, or whether the road reserves simply acted as a
disturbed environment needed to reduce competition from native birds.
Or it might be simply that the highways were a convenient place to
observe their spread, which may actually have been happening between the
roads too.

I guess access to road kill might be a factor.  Do they eat dead birds
and animals?

Peter Shute

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