Indian myna birds are capable of evicting larger and more aggressive native birds from their nests.
Indian myna birds are capable of evicting larger and more aggressive native birds from their nests.

Invading birds causing a myna problems for natives

By HELEN JACK helen.jack@northernstar.com.au LISMORE is being invaded invaded by Indian myna birds, well-known for threatening the lives of native birds and mammals.

They do this by taking over their nests and tree hollows and destroying any eggs or young of native birds and mammals.

Lismore City Council's natural resource management officer, Nick Stephens, said the Indian myna was an aggressive bird that often worked in teams to evict or kill native fauna.

"They are capable of evicting larger and more aggressive birds than themselves like kookaburras, rosellas, lorikeets, parrots and mammals like gliders and possums," he said.

"There have been sightings at Lismore Lake, the showground and rural areas, including Dorroughby, Nimbin and Tucki Tucki."

Mr Stephens said Northern Rivers residents could help curb the menace as the council would be loaning traps for residents to capture them. He said they could be easily confused with the noisy myna.

"The Indian myna has a black head with dark brown plumage below their head, compared with the mostly grey noisy myna," he said.

For more go to www.lismore.nsw.gov.au



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