PestSmart Facstheet: Common (Indian) Myna

mynah-150x150Common or Indian mynas (Acridotheres tristis or Sturnus tristis) are native to India and southern Asia. They are popular birds in their source countries as crop pest control agents and as symbols of undying love associated with their habit of pairing for life.

Mynas have spread worldwide over the last 200 years. In Australia, common mynas are often confused with the native noisy miner (Manorina melanocephala) and sometimes with yellow-throated miner (Manorina flavigula) because of their similar size and appearance.

Mynas were listed among 100 of the world’s worst invasive species by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) in 2000. In Australia, common mynas are considered to threaten native biodiversity due to their territorial behaviours and nest cavity competition. They are lifelong monogamous and sedentary3 — breeding pairs use the same territory each year and maintain and defend their territory aggressively during the breeding season (August to March).

Factsheet on common myna distribution, impacts and current legislation. Produced by the Invasive Animals CRC as part of the PestSmart series.

Author Invasive Animals CRC
Year 2013
Publisher Invasive Animals CRC
Pages 2 pp
ISBN/ISSN PestSmart code: IMFS1
Region Australia - national
Documents IMFS1: Common (Indian) Myna (620kb PDF)