September 12th 2008
Hunt on for Magnetic's Indian Myna
A plan is underway to rid Magnetic Island of an unwelcome Indian Myna bird spotted at the Nelly Bay Ferry Terminal last month.
Council staff are also conducting a survey of the area to detect if there are any other feathery intruders threatening the island's Indian Myna bird free status.
Environment and Sustainable Development Committee Chair, Cr Vern Veitch, said Indian Myna birds, not to be confused with the native Common Myna, had been identified as an environmental nuisance, and Magnetic Island was to be kept free of this pest under the Council's Local Government Area Pest Management Plan 2004-8.
"We're not sure how they manage to get over to the island, but staff have an established procedure for the odd occasion, such as this case," Cr Veitch said.
"We can't control them on the mainland, but Magnetic Island's isolation allows us to keep the island free of this pest species, which roosts in roofs of suburban households and have the potential to spread mites and diseases to humans as well as domestic animals.
"The noise and smell of these birds can be both annoying and offensive, and if left unchallenged, Indian Mynas can become a problem in parks and outdoor eating areas.
"Indian Myna birds also reduce biodiversity by competing with native birds for nesting space and are capable of evicting even the larger birds, such as Kookaburras, from their nests."
Once the bird is located a trap will be set and when caught the bird will be taken to the nearest vet surgery for euthanasia in order to comply with the city's pest management plan.
Council has a fact sheet available on the Indian Myna bird and the public are asked to report any sightings on Magnetic Island to Environmental Health Services on (07) 4727 9000.
Photo courtesy of Canberra Indain Myna Action Group.
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