Kendall resident says the Indian Mynas is a threat to native species

Indian Mynas, left unchecked, can virtually eradicate many species of native bird within a few years of moving into an area. I saw this happen in an inner suburb of Newcastle. Just 3 years after seeing the first Indian Myna, that was all there was; no parrots, no lorikeets, no Australian noisy miners, no honeyeaters or swallows or butcherbirds – ONLY Indian Mynas.

These birds are categorised as one of the worst invasive pests in the world. Their prolific breeding rate, coupled with their instinct to eradicate all competition for food and nesting areas, are a massive threat to Aussie birds and small mammals.

The Camden Haven has a most wonderful array of native birds; their colours and songs are so much a part of our environment – but, many of us just take them for granted. Sadly, we could lose them.

Since moving back to Kendall over 10 years ago, I have been trapping these invasive pests. Until this year I have been able to capture all Indian Mynas that attempt to move into the area of the valley south of Kendall Primary school, but their numbers this year may beat me.

Indian Mynas are attracted to anywhere they can get easy food; cat or dog food left outside, or chook yards, or compost heaps etc.: so, such situations are perfect for people to trap them.

If, for any reason, you can’t trap them, please try to minimise any food supply, so they will be drawn to areas where other people will trap them.

Most men’s sheds make Indian Myna traps, and sell them as cheaply as possible, and vets will euthanise them, generally for no cost.

Please help eradicate this pest from our beautiful area.

Linda Frakes, Kendall