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Wollongong City Council

Common (Indian) Myna Birds

Common (Indian) Myna birds are common across all parts of Wollongong. They aggressively take over the nests of other birds and animals, threaten wildlife, and can spread weeds, bird mites and disease.

Indian Mynas can also nest in roof cavities, and their nests can cause a fire hazard.

Indian Mynas are not to be confused with Australian Native Miners (aka the Noisy Miner), which are not a pest.

Some of the things you can do to try and discourage Indian Myna birds on your property include:

  • Don’t leave pet food out
  • Don’t feed native birds as this will also attract Indian Mynas
  • Make sure garbage, skip and compost bins are tightly closed
  • Plant native trees,  shrubs and grasses to attract native birds
  • Fix holes in your roof and eaves, or cover them so birds can’t nest in your home.
  • Join our Indian Myna Bird Action Program - details are below.

We work with Corrimal Men’s Shed to help residents learn how to humanely control Indian Myna birds near their home.

To join the program, you will need to attend a free short workshop. We’ll teach you about the birds’ habits, and what can be done to control them.

Once you’ve finished the workshop, you can purchase a trap from Corrimal Men’s Shed.

Upcoming workshops are shown below, or you can search our events calendar.

We also ask people taking part in this program to record sightings of Indian Myna birds and report back to Council. We also share this information with researchers at the University of Western Sydney. You can download a sighting sheet template below:

Indian Myna bird sighting sheet template XLSX, 191.25 KB

For more information, call us on (02) 4227 7111

Upcoming workshops