Mynas in Canberra

To: "'Greg and Val Clancy'" <>, "'Carl Clifford'" <>, "'Laurie Knight'" <>
Subject: Mynas in Canberra
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Sun, 19 Jan 2014 18:32:31 +1100
I don't know whether they were kept as pets or just imported to Canberra and
released. But the story appears clear that they were introduced as well as
self spreading into our area. I don't know about father and son but the
story and family name responsible is well known in Canberra. Yes it is true
that they were deliberately introduced in Canberra in the 1960s & 1970s. 12
on 12-11-1968 and a total of 110 by September 1971. But that does not of
itself explain their subsequent success. Detailed in Steve Wilson's book. 

What is more far important is the huge effort gone into trapping them and
they have gone from super abundant to - well not quite rare, but they are in
general terms no longer common. We have all the data from over 30 years of
Garden Bird Survey to support this. If you want to know about Garden Bird
Survey, that is in my book (although the Myna control program post dates

Typical, Canberra gets to suffer from the (talking) rabble invading us from
other parts of the country. 


-----Original Message-----
From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf Of
Greg and Val Clancy
Sent: Sunday, 19 January 2014 5:49 PM
To: Carl Clifford; Laurie Knight
Subject: Buddy the talking Sgtarling

It is probably an urban myth but the story that I heard was that an elderly 
man from Sydney retired to Canberra (? into a nursing home) and missed the 
'wonderful sound' of the Common Mynas so his son introduced them there to 
keep his father happy.  I know that they were moving along the Hume Highway 
some decades ago so may have arrived independently of the old man's son but 
it makes a good story.


Dr Greg. P. Clancy
Ecologist and Birding-wildlife Guide
| PO Box 63 Coutts Crossing NSW 2460
| 02 6649 3153  | 0429 601 960

-----Original Message----- 
From: Carl Clifford
Sent: Sunday, January 19, 2014 5:38 PM
To: Laurie Knight
Subject: Buddy the talking Sgtarling

Just had a look at HANZAAB, and the original introduction was to Melbourne, 
then introduced to QLD on several occasions (Birds in Backyards lead me 
astray on that point).

The reason for the concentration around Canberra may be because they were 
still being released there as late as Sept 1971!

> On 19 Jan 2014, at 16:38, Laurie Knight <>
> wrote:
> Yes, but wasn't the reason there was such a concentration around
> Canberra
> because someone was keeping them as pets?

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