Monday, 26 November 2012

Hitchin' a ride

# 1 A Common Myna taking a Sunday ride. 

# 2 Gum Tree Hollows, currently home to a bunch of mynas. This was undoubtedly once home to native birds, now evicted/displaced. Not ideal. 

But wait, it's not all bad news. There's a group in Canberra who work to protect native birds from mynas.

Read about their success:

The success of our collective efforts is easily noticed by the drastically reduced numbers of mynas that we see and hear. Again the Canberra Ornithologists Group’s 2009 Garden Bird Survey Annual Report that was released in Nov 2009 records the drop-off in myna numbers: mynas are now the 14th most common bird in Canberra whereas they were the 3rd most common when we started 4 years ago. This is a wonderful achievement — and one that all our 1020 CIMAG members and 800 trappers can be proud of. 

How fantastic to discover such a group exists.


  1. They certainly are a toxic pest. Happily we really don't have any (yet) in the central west. There are people here keeping an eye out too. That Canberra group is doing wonderful work.

  2. I read that mynas are very slow to settle new areas so you have that in your favour. Now to figure out the starlings...