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Media Release - 19 October 2020
Residents are being called upon to help reduce the impact of the Indian Myna bird on the local environment.
Council has relaunched the Indian Myna Bird Action Program to raise public awareness about the damage caused to native bird population, the natural environment and risks to human health from the introduced species.
Residents can now register for an online interactive workshop which will teach them how to differentiate between the Indian Myna and the native Noisy Myna and how to effectively trap and humanely euthanise Indian Myna birds.
Following completion of the course, residents can purchase an Indian Myna bird trap made by local Men’s Sheds with all funds going towards their valuable community programs.
“Indian Myna birds are a serious problem in the local and wider Australian ecosystem, threatening our biodiversity and the survival of native birds and other animals” Mayor George Brticevic said.
“As well as being a threat to the environment, they are a risk to public health so it is important they are managed properly and in a humane manner,” Cr Brticevic said.
Indian Myna birds commonly compete for nests in tree hollows and unlike native birds, breed more than once each season.
Their large nests rot after they’ve been vacated, making the tree hollow used unsuitable for native species to nest in.
They also nest in the roofs of homes where their accumulated droppings and mites can encourage disease.
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