Myna threat increasing in Brisbane

The numbers of the Common (Indian) Myna Bird in Brisbane has increased significantly over the last year, says B4C’s Operations Manager and Ecologist Stefan Hattingh.

 

Myna birdConcerned Brisbane residents have been getting on board the ‘Common Myna Humane Reduction Program’. 

Locals are invited to a free workshop – in Carindale or in Sandgate – to learn how they can be part of the community-driven solution and have any of their questions answered.

Stefan says that the numbers within winter roosts have increased from this time last year.

“Every myna captured makes a difference,” Stefan says.

“We are never going to eliminate them completely but we can put pressure on the population and reduce them.”

Indian Myna Workshop

B4C’s Stefan Hattingh showing community members how humane myna trapping works.

The Indian or Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis) was introduced into Australia in the 1860s. They out-compete native birds for food, water and shelter. They are carriers of disease and bird mites to humans.

There are 4-5 clutches in a season and 4-6 eggs per clutch. They are adapting to our conditions and as their population increases, so does the difficulty and expense.

Stefan says that the problem of this invasive species needs to be tackled by both government and residents.

“The longer we wait, the more expensive it becomes,” he says.

The workshop will help people understand more about the bird and its behaviour, identification, how to report sightings and how to trap (they are humanely euthanised at B4C premises).

Common Myna Humane Reduction Workshops

CARINDALE: Wednesday 9th August, 6.30-8.30pm.
B4C Sustainability Centre, Cnr Wright St & Old Cleveland Rd, Carindale.
Plenty of parking. Free. Light refreshments provided. Registration required.
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SANDGATE: Monday 21st August, 6.30-8.30pm.
Sandbag – Sandgate Community Centre, 153 Rainbow St, Sandgate
Plenty of parking. Free. Light refreshments provided. Registration required.
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Funding for the workshops is supported by the Brisbane City Council’s Lord Mayor’s Environment Grant.

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