RE: Indian Myna - great reduction program working in Canberra

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Subject: RE: Indian Myna - great reduction program working in Canberra
From: "Bill Stent" <>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2010 16:03:57 +1100
Methinks the person who made these comments may have been watching too much Alfred Hitchcock.

Following the demolition of a beautiful Ironbark next door to make way for a McMansion, my yard has been dominated by Mynas. Not particularly nice birds, but they've never gone me.


From: "Peter Shute" <>
Sent: Wednesday, February 03, 2010 3:56 PM
To: "Peter Shute" <>; "Philip Veerman" <>; "'Frank Antram'" <>; <>; <> Subject: RE: Indian Myna - great reduction program workingin Canberra

This is one of the comments from the article:
"This woman should come to my place and see how much she thinks of these birds. I have been attacked so many times. Blood running down my forehead, and I can't go into my backyard without getting attacked by them during the day. They have even started trying to get me when I get in my car in the driveway. "

Has anyone heard of a Myna attacking a person? I've never had one come near me, or even squawk at me, and there are plenty of them in Melbourne.

Peter Shute

Peter Shute wrote on Wednesday, 3 February 2010 3:07 PM:

I've been asked "what article"?  I meant this one:

Terry Bishop posted the link earlier in this thread. Some of the
comments below the article make interesting reading too.

Peter Shute

Peter Shute wrote on Wednesday, 3 February 2010 12:16 PM:

Are you able to quote some numbers please, Philip?  How fast were
they increasing before, and how fast are they decreasing now?

Regarding the lady in the article, it's one thing being against
culling, but it makes me angry that people refuse to stop feeding

Peter Shute

Philip Veerman wrote on Wednesday, 3 February 2010 12:05 PM:

Thanks Frank,

The program in Canberra has been a great success in only a few
years, at totally reversing the prior trend of the increase in
abundance of this species that has happened over many years. And
through our long running Garden Bird Survey (since 1981) we have
the data to track the trends. People are trapping large numbers of
Common Mynas and it is making a big difference. As we have all
these GBS data (as described in my book) we also have the capacity
for tracking changes in abundance of all species, to try to look
for connections.
Although showing likely connections will take a few years as there
are so many factors involved. My book describes some of those
issues. And as Frank mentions, there is no need for a major cost in
buying these traps.

Philip Veerman
24 Castley Circuit
Kambah  ACT  2902

02 - 62314041

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Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Indian Myna

Here's what happens in Canberra
and you can build your own trap - no need for $330!

Frank Antram

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From: Peter Shute 
Date: Tue, 02 Feb 2010 22:10:29 +1100
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 Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Indian Mynay

I don't know if it makes much difference or not, but surely locally

does.  It's interesting that he's so committed, but appears to
discourage competitors.

Peter Shute

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