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Published on 11 September 2020
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.
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
Common mynas will consume almost any food scrap, and use nearly anything it can manage for nesting material.
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.
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.
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
If you have a tree with a hollow that common mynas are occupying, an arborist may be willing to remove nesting material if request.
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
People often confuse common mynas with the native noisy miner.