IT?S A BIRD: A file photo of a myna bird, which is causing problems in the Clarence Valley.
IT?S A BIRD: A file photo of a myna bird, which is causing problems in the Clarence Valley.

A myna problem

By DAVID BANCROFT

dbancroft@dailyexaminer.com.au

THEY have been described as one of the nastiest flying invaders in Australia and they have taken a foothold in the Clarence Valley.

Indian myna birds were first detected in the Valley about three years ago when there was probably only two breeding pairs, but there are now scores, with some flocks of up to 60.

Indian Myna and Starling Eradication Program national co-ordinator Garry Cunich describes them as gorilla birds that are capable of taking over vast areas and killing all native bird life and marsupials in their wake.

"They will take out a whole area and fill all the hollows with rubbish so that native birds and marsupials can't nest," he said.

"If they can't get them to leave they will go as far as killing them. They are very good at what they do. Nothing can compete with them.

"They will s... on patio furniture and will go from feeding in sewerage to landing and eating off coffee tables in restaurants."

A committee comprising representatives of the National Parks and Wildlife Service, the Clarence Valley Council, Rural Lands Protection Board and the Lands Department has been meeting over the past two years to consider strategies for the myna's removal from the Clarence, but the group's efforts have been stymied by slow delivery of traps.

NPWS pest management officer Jeff Thomas said there were numbers of birds in Rushforth Road and McKittrick Park in South Grafton, Jackadgery, Nana Glen, Brooms Head, Minnie Water, Corindi and the Anchorage Caravan Park at Iluka. He asked that anyone who saw the birds contact NPWS so they could be monitored.



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