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Indian Myna Control
Fiona Anderson <>
Fri, 5 Feb 2010 12:12:06 +1100
I currently work in Pest Animal Management for the Department of Primary
Industries here in Victoria and would like to provide you with some information
on pest birds species in this State.
Indian Mynas (Acridotheres tristis) have spread through eastern Australia since
being introduced to control insect pests in the 1880s and have been naturalised
in Victoria for many decades.
They are not a declared pest animal under the Catchment and Land Protection Act
Indian Mynas are not specifically protected by law, and therefore a person may
capture and dispose of these birds by appropriate legal and humane methods.
The Department of Primary Industries does not consider it reasonable to impose
the lawful responsibility of control of Indian Mynas upon all landowners
(including those in suburbia) when it is unlikely to result in the desired
outcome of 'eradicate or control or prevent its spread in the wild' (the
requirements that must be satisfied to be able to declare a species). There are
no current plans to declare Indian Mynas as a pest animal under the Catchment
and Land Protection Act 1994.
Currently, the Department does not implement specific programs to control
Indian Mynas as there are no practical means available for the broadscale
control of these birds. Localised trapping may reduce numbers in the short
term but would not make a significant difference to overall population due to
rapidly recolonisation by birds moving in from other areas.
Project Officer - New and Emerging Species
Invasive Plants and Animals Branch
Department of Primary Industries
Level 22, 1 Spring Street
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