The Indian Mynas mark out their territory and defend it fiercely,
combining and using their superior numbers to keep the Australian native
birds away. That is, if any natives in the area have survived the breeding
During the breeding season the flock combs its territory for breeding hollows. If any are already occupied by Possums, Sugar Gliders, Rainbow Lorikeets, Corellas or any other bird/ animal species they attack them and eject them from the hollows. If there are eggs or young in the nests they throw them to the ground, the eggs are destroyed, the young killed. Should the parents attempt to defend their home and young the Indian Mynas keep attacking in large numbers until the defenders are dead or fled.
Indian Myna victims
Any Australian native bird or marsupial that requires tree hollows to live or breed is subject to Indian Myna attack during the nesting season. Any bird or animal that enters the Indian Mynas territory at other times will also be attacked. Indian Mynas do not share territory or food sources willingly.
Uncounted millions of Australian native chicks and marsupial babies die from Indian Myna attacks every year. With the adult birds homeless they are unable to breed. Because the marsupials are territorial, even if they flee the attack they are unlikely to survive away from their home territory.
Do the Indian Mynas make use of all the hollows they acquire? No they don’t. The ones they don’t need they fill with garbage and rubbish to prevent the Australian native birds and marsupials returning. This is backed up by military style action to drive any new native’s away.
Questions & Answers
Q. Why must Indian Mynas and Starlings be eradicated?
A. The brief answer is that they take over hollows needed by our hollow dwelling/ breeding native birds and marsupials leaving them nowhere to live or breed. Any hollows in an area they have claimed that they do not need Indian Mynas fill with garbage to prevent their use by our native birds and marsupials. If the hollows are occupied they eject and/or kill the native birds or marsupials that are already there.
Q. How does this effect our native birds and animals?
A. Our marsupials are territorial and once ejected from their territory are unable to survive. Native birds that end up with nowhere to breed are unable to replenish the flocks with young birds. Some species are already under severe threat of extinction.
Unless Indian Mynas and Starlings are eradicated others will disappear from our skies as well.
Refurbishing our country and gardens with Australian Birds and Marsupials