DISPOSAL OF BIRDS
THE CORRECT WAY
Although the target species here are classified as feral pests we still need to dispose of them in a humane manner. The M.D.B trapping system is based upon humane trapping methods and strives to reduce stress on birds at all times.
Please check with your local counsel or D.S.E in your state for regulation of acceptable disposal methods.
Your local Vet
A few reports from customers indicate some vets are willing to Euthanais Starlings and Mynas at no cost. I suggest yousk you local vet clinics if they are willing to do this for you at no charge.
The recommended method for the humane euthanasia of Indian Mynas in Victoria is the injection of barbiturates by a veterinarian. Another method supported by the Victorian Government is cervical dislocation, when undertaken by a person who is trained and highly competent. To minimise stress on birds they should be taken to a vet as soon as captured for immediate euthanasia. Any euthanized birds must be disposed of appropriately, according to local regulations for waste disposal.
There has been research into euthanasia by carbon monoxide (CO) and carbon dioxide (CO2), however the Victorian Government and National Office of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) recommends further investigation before they can be considered humane methods of euthanasia of Common (Indian) Mynas.
Sourced from the Atlas of Victorian Wildlife, DSE 2010
The Indian Myna is not a declared pest animal under the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994. The Department of Primary Industries does not consider it reasonable to impose the lawful responsibility of control of Indian Mynas upon all landowners (including those in suburbia) when it is unlikely to result in the desired outcome of 'eradicate or control or prevent its spread in the wild' (the requirements that must be satisfied to be able to declare a species). The Department does not implement specific programs to control Indian Mynas.
This species is not specifically protected by law in Victoria, and so a person may capture and/or destroy these birds by appropriate legal and humane methods.
Occurrence in Victoria
The map below under-represents the distribution of Indian Mynas, as bird watchers are the main contributors to the Atlas of Victorian Wildlife (the Atlas) and they do not often record non-native species.
The reporting of any new sightings of Indian Mynas to the Atlas is encouraged, especially in the western regions of the State. These can be provided via the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org .
It is important that any sighting can be confirmed as an Indian Myna, as this species can be easily confused with native honey-eaters: the Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala) and the Yellow-throated Miners (Manorina flavigula). Please read our web site in regards to Myna identification.