Indian Myna Bird

Indian Myna Birds are fast becoming one of Newcastle, Upper Hunter, Lower Hunter and Central Coast regions' most annoying pests.

This non-native species pose a threat to native birds, aggressively competing for nesting sites and food. Their fruit eating habits threaten crops and pastures, contaminate products, cause expensive damage to the exterior of building, as well as transmitting diseases, fleas and mites.

Bird Control Solutions

Let NFPM take care of your Indian Myna Bird problem.

We will inspect your property, assess the extent of your bird problem and provide a costeffective solution.

Common options include:

  • Bird proofing and physical deterrents
  • Bird scare products
  • Baiting and trapping
  • Education for prevention
  • Shooting
  • Many more techniques, depending on sensitivity and environmental needs; for example-shopping centres and public eating places

History of the Indian Myna Bird

The Indian Myna was first introduced to Australia in the 1880s, to combat can beetles and locusts in North East Queensland. While it was intended to rid the cane fields of problem pests, the Indian Myna thrived in the local environment and spread quickly. By the 1940s, the Indian Myna was found right along the East Coast of Australia.

They are recognised as a pest in Australia, causing damage to fruit crops and forcing native species out of their natural nesting areas. Indian Mynas (also known as Common Mynas or Indian Mynahs) host a number of diseases as well as parasites, which they can transfer to native birds or even humans. They are a very invasive bird, forcing native species out of the nesting areas. Over time, this leads to smaller breeding numbers in native birds.

Their aggressive nature, loud chirping and threat to native species has lead to a need for control measures. Indian Mynas will chase birds out of their own nesting areas and destroy them, leaving native species with nowhere to lay their eggs.

The Difference Between Noisy Miners & Indian Mynas

Both birds are known for their aggressive behaviour and are similar in appearance. Both species of birds are very territorial and will swoop humans to protect their habitat.

Noisy Miners are native to Australia and a member of the honey eater family, so they are not related to the Indian Myna in any way (hence the different spelling). The Noisy Miner is mostly grey with a yellow bill, while the Indian Myna is brown with a black head.

Indian Mynas are scavengers and will feed on almost anything, including scraps, pet food and even small birds. The Noisy Miner's diet consists of nectar, fruit and insects. Because of the Indian Mynas aggressive nature, they deter natural nesting for Noisy Miners.