IDENTITY IS IMPORTANT
INDIAN MYNA BIRDS / STARLINGS
Identifying the Indian Myna or European Common Starling is important before targeting these species of birds. Make sure that you correctly identify the birds as Indian Myna or European Starlings before you catch or destroy them. Australia does have a native Noisy Myna which is a protected species. Further reading and identification of the Noisy Myna
We have added the following guide to help correctly identify the feral species.
Scientific Name: Acridotheres tristis
Description: The Common Myna is readily identified by the brown body, black hooded head and the bare yellow patch behind the eye. The bill and legs are bright yellow. There is a white patch on the outer primaries and the wing lining on the underside is white. The sexes are similar and birds are usually seen in pairs.
Scientific Name: Sturnus vulgaris
Description: The plumage is shiny black, glossed purple or green, and spangled with white, particularly strongly so in winter. Adult male European Starlings are less spotted below than adult females. The throat feathers are long and loose, and used as a signal in display. Juveniles are grey-brown, and by their first winter resemble adults though often retain some brown juvenile feathering especially on the head in the early part of the winter. The legs are stout, pinkish-red. The bill is narrow conical with a sharp tip; in summer, it is yellow in females, and yellow with a blue-grey base in males, while in winter, and in juveniles, it is black in both sexes.