Canberra Indian Myna Action Group

Myna Identification

Common Indian Myna

(Acridotheres tristis)

  • Native to the Indian sub-continent, Iran to Sri Lanka
  • Member of Starling family
  • 12 cm tall
  • Distinctive chocolate and black: yellow face skin, beak and legs: white wing patch
  • Aggressive / territorial but roost communally
  • Opportunistic feeder meat, food scraps, pet food, seed, berries, chicks
  • Long lived
  • Breeds Oct u2013 March

Noisy Miner

(Manorina melanocephala)

  • Native bird
  • nectar feeder
  • predominantly grey with black patch around eye and on top of head
  • also aggressive to other honeyeaters and protective of food source
  • becoming more common and established in Canberrau2019s urban fringe

Starlings and Blackbirds

(Sturnus vulgaris) and (Turdus merula)

Starlings and Blackbirds are also non-native introduced birds that are regarded as pests. CIMAGu2019s trapping program is directed towards Indian Mynas and Starlings.