Common Myna travelling routes & feeding & nesting

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Subject: Common Myna travelling routes & feeding & nesting
From: "Wendy" <>
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2008 11:43:53 +1100
  Peter Shute wrote:
Stuff the garbage truck has dropped?

More likely stuff filthy slobs have dropped.
I live in a suburban street approx 0.5km from a KFCrap in one direction and
MuckDonalds the other, plus all other independent takeaway - pizza, f&c etc.
It never ceases to amaze me that
a) people buy this shit!
b)Eat SOME of it, (perhaps not surprising)
c) then lob the remains out of their car as they drive by
This provides plenty of food and nesting material (see later) for local

Here the garbage trucks tend to only lose light weight (plastic) stuff to
wind gusts when loading.

Watching them, I suspect they also collect invertebrates killed and injured
by passing cars.

ON MYNA SPREAD In my childhood, some decades ago (in Geelong, Vic), my
family called these birds 'Melbourne Birds' as we only saw them when we
visited relatives in Melbourne.
In later years they then moved down the highway and now have made it right
across Geelong.

ALSO Some (fewer) years ago I used to help my (now) ex with a O/N cake/pie
delivery run in Melbourne suburbs finishing around 8am. The Mynas were
always the first birds to start foraging - along the roads - in the
mornings, before it was even really light.

MYNA ACTIVITIES I removed a nest of these birds from the wall cavity of a
neighbours w/b house. I was astonished by how much plastic shit the birds
had collected for the nest. They can often be seen collecting it.
So they do serve one positive purpose - collecting plastic
('cellophane-like') snack packets, snack bar wrappers, cigarette packet
wrappers etc. - non-biodegradable litter dropped by slobs AND insulating
house walls with it.
Perhaps not the recommended fire rating however!



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