Protect your property from the Common Myna bird

Published on 11 September 2020

Common myna

The non-native Indian or common myna (Sturnus tristis) is found along the southeast coast of Australia.

It is closely associated with human habitation as they are scavengers that feed on nearly anything, including food scraps, pet food and insects.

Its presence in our community is a public health and safety problem.

A pest species

Measures you can take

Myna trapping program

We have partnered with the Darebin Creek Management Committee (DCMC) to offer residents the use of common myna traps.

Learn what to do from the DCMC

Keep outside areas clean

Common mynas will consume almost any food scrap, and use nearly anything it can manage for nesting material.

  • Feed pets inside or keeping pet feeding areas outside clean and free from left overs.
  • Make sure that your bins outside have a lid or cover.
  • Netting fruit trees to avoid them being a food source.
  • Dispose of any food scraps in a sealed compost bin.

Garden with native plants

You can attract native local birds and discourage common mynas by replanting your garden with local indigenous plants. By creating a dense, low-medium shrub layer in your garden, you can provide a sanctuary for native birds, and reduce the fringe and open space of habitats that mynas prefer.

Get in contact with the Victorian Indigenous Nursery Co-operative (VINC) for plants best suited to your property.

Get advice from plants

The La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary (LTWS) and Indigenous Plant Nursery (IPN) can also offer helpful information.

House exterior checks

Check the exterior of your house for any openings that could be used for myna nesting sites.

Block entry points in your roof and eves, and clean your gutters on a regular basis. Common mynas will create nests in downpipes.

Nesting boxes

Being highly aggressive, the common myna will remove other native birds from suitable hollows and nesting boxes. The management committee also has tips to avoid unwanted species in boxes.

Consult the LTWS on nesting boxes

Already affected trees

If you have a tree with a hollow that common mynas are occupying, an arborist may be willing to remove nesting material if request.

New plants

We have 300+ species of indigenous plants, but most can only be seen in the bush. Choose indigenous plants for your garden with our voucher program.

Indigenous plants voucher program