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The Indian Myna bird was introduced into Australia in 1862 to help control insect pests in market gardens. The species is now becoming problematic across much of coastal and inland south-east Australia for the following reasons:

• It is among the world’s 100 most invasive species.
• It is an aggressive bird that chases out or kills weaker native birds.
• It nests in hollows, destroying native bird eggs and chicks and evicting small mammals to secure a hollow.
• It nests in roofs which can become infested with bird mites which often migrate into the house causing skin irritations, rashes and itching.
• It creates detrimental amenity impacts where communal roosts occur, including noise and concentrated fouling.

There are some simple measures we can all take to help combat the invasion:

• It is important to first correctly identify the Indian Myna which is sometimes mistaken for the native Noisy Miner.
• Limit the food available to the Indian Myna by ensuring pet food and food scraps are not accessible.
• Block off holes in roofs and eaves to prevent them nesting in your home.

Visit the website links below for further information about the Indian Myna, including identification and actions that you can take to help combat this pest.


 


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External Web Links
 http://www.ccimag.asn.au
 http://www.indianmyna.org
 http://www.indianmynaaction.org.au
 http://www.indianmynaeradication.com
 http://sres-associated.anu.edu.au/myna
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