Noisy Miner VS Indian Mynah
The Noisy miner is native to Australia inhabiting disturbed forest edges and urban gardens which retain a Eucalyptus canopy from southern Tasmania up to the Atherton Tablelands in far north Queensland. They don’t venture far past the western side of the Great Dividing Range leaving that to their relatives the Yellow-throated Miner.
Both male and female look the same with upper parts a motley grey and wings slightly darker grey with yellow flecks and the under parts are whitish. They have a bright yellow triangular patch just behind their brown eye and their beak and legs are also yellow.
Originally introduced by humans into Melbourne from Southeast Asia back in 1862 they quickly established themselves. In 1883 they were taken up to Northern Queensland, ostensibly to combat insects in the cane fields! A feral bird and now also a serious pest they are found in most cities and towns along the east coast of Australia in some areas in plague proportions. Their natural range is Turkestan to India, Andamans and Sri Lanka.
Although the body & shape and also beak, eye and leg colour are the same as our own native Noisy Miner that is where the comparison ends. Both male and female Indian Mynahs have a chocolate brown head, neck and throat with a green sheen, the rest of the body is mainly a fawn colour with some white on the tips of their wings and under their tail. Beak, back of eye and legs are yellow.
Unlike the native Noisy Miner, the introduced Indian Mynah is a scavenger now found in urban parks, gardens and streets. These introduced birds will eat almost anything, surviving well on garbage, scraps, vegetable matter, other birds eggs and even eating young hatchlings and small fledgling birds. They follow humans rather than natural vegetation & seasons. Aggressive in their behaviour and with their numbers growing rapidly they are taking over the nesting sites, feeding grounds attacking, displacing and sometimes killing not only our native birds but also small mammals and microbats.
WHAT WE CAN DO
Keep a lid on your garbage and compost bin
Feed domestic pets inside if possible
Ensure that poultry pens are mynah proof
Plant native trees & flowering shrubs to attract native birds
Call your local council to report sightings
Obtain a mynah trap from your council
Block holes in roofs and eaves
Avoid planting exotic species such as Cocos Palm, Slash Pine, Radiata Pine and Umbrella Tree as these are preferred Indian Mynah roosting trees.
Removing Indian Mynah birds from Rosella nesting boxes is successful and within a few hours some Rosellas will already have settled back in to lay their eggs!