BIRD BRAIN: An Indian myna bird peruses a Eurobodalla backyard for bugs and grubs among the blades of grass. Photo: John Hicks
The Eurobodalla Shire Council is encouraging residents to join the Indian Myna control program to help conserve native wildlife.
Indian myna birds have serious negative impacts on biodiversity, including both bird and mammal species.
They are intelligent and aggressive birds and can be destructiveby out-competing native wildlife for resources.Since the programstarted in 2009, many traps have continuously been used in people’s backyards.
The Eurobodalla community should be proud of their ongoing commitment and efforts in trapping these birdsin their local areas.
MostIndian mynas in a number of areas, including Maloneys Beach, Tomakin, Tuross and Malua Bay, have been caught and humanely euthanised.
In one yeara pair of Indian mynas can produce about 20 chicks and now is the time when Indian mynasmaketheir nests andfeed their chicks before they fledge.
They are known to build nests inletterboxes, open-roof cavities, tree hollows and places that are warm and dry and high off the ground.
The birds are easily recognisable by their chocolate brown body, yellow beak and eye patch, yellow legs, black head, and a white wing patch, which is highly visible when flying.Some areas in the Eurobodalla, including Broulee, have completely removed all of the Indian mynas and residents are now enjoying only the presence of native birds.
If you see them making a nest or landing in your backyard, phone Courtney Fink-Downes at Eurobodalla Shire Council on 4474 7493.
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