The Indian myna bird is considered a pest.
The Indian myna bird is considered a pest.

This bird causing you trouble? Council offers free traps

GLADSTONE Regional Council is offering the free loan of traps to residents who are having issues with one of Australia's most invasive pests, the Indian Myna bird.

Council has conducted surveys of the species in Gladstone and discovered that its distribution is concentrated in Gladstone's CBD, with other populations being noted in the surrounding suburbs of Barney Point, South Gladstone and Clinton.

Originating from Asia, the species is usually seen in pairs, with the adult being readily identified by a brown body of approximately 23-25cm long; black hooded head; yellow patch behind the eye; bright yellow legs and bill; a white patch on the outer primaries; and white colour under the wing lining.

They are similar in appearance to the Noisy Miner, a native honeyeater species, which is predominantly grey in colour, is non-invasive and is not regarded as a pest.

Gladstone Region Mayor Gail Sellers said Council had an ongoing program of monitoring and trapping the birds to reduce their numbers, especially in Gladstone's CBD where their population is in greatest concentration.

She urged residents to contact Council to borrow a trap if they noticed them on their property.

"If left to breed, these birds outcompete native wildlife for food and tree hollows, thus reducing biodiversity," Councillor Sellers said.

"Their nesting in gutters and drainpipes can cause damage to buildings and they commonly attack other nesting birds, destroying eggs and chicks."

Cr Sellers said traps were available from Council's Regulatory Services section by phoning 4970 0700.