Indian myna birds
  • Last updated:
  • 01 Oct 2019

The Indian Myna is a medium-sized bird native to the Middle East, India and Asia that has been introduced to Australia and is now found in the Sunshine Coast region. As an introduced pest, they have the potential to become abundant, particularly in areas that have been disturbed by human activities.

Indian Mynas cause significant environmental problems including:

  • Removing native parrots from nest boxes or tree hollows and even killing eggs and chicks
  • Killing small mammals and removing sugar gliders from tree hollows
  • Spreading diseases that affect native birds (e.g. avian malaria)
  • Damaging fruit, vegetable and cereal crops
  • Spreading weeds
  • Forming large noisy communal roosts in suburban areas
  • Causing dermatitis, allergies and asthma in people

Council Assistance

Sunshine Coast Council provides the following services to assist residents to control Indian Myna birds.

  1. Provision of trapping equipment
  2. Assistance to set up and operate trapping equipment
  3. Humane euthanasia and disposal of trapped birds
  4. Coordination of neighbouring control programs

Please contact council if you would like advice and assistance with the control of Indian Myna birds on your property or complete the feral animals incident / sightings report[361KB].



Images courtesy of Queensland Government's Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

  • Indian Myna Control

    To find out how to control Indian Myna birds, see the Indian myna handbook.

  • Noisy miner or Indian myna
    Indian Mynas are sometimes confused with native Noisy Miners (Manorina melanocephala). It is important to note that native Noisy Miners are grey rather than brown in colour and have flesh coloured legs rather than the bright yellow legs of the Indian Myna.

    To find out how to identify Indian Myna birds, see the Indian myna identification fact sheet.