Population control and adaptation to trapping in Indian mynas, Acridotheres tristis: mechanisms and recommendations

Lead researcher: Andrea Griffin, School of Psychology, University of Newcastle,  Andrea.Griffin@newcastle.edu.au

This project aims to examine whether intensive trapping is correlated with behavioural shifts in mynas by determining to what extent mynas from highly trapped areas differ in behaviour from mynas that range in areas that have undergone low levels of trapping. In collaboration with the Canberra Indian Myna Action Group (CIMAG), this part of the project will be conducted in Canberra, where myna trapping has been practiced for many years, so an existing array of trapped and non-trapped localities can be compared.

Second, we will identify the mechanisms of behavioural change by determining whether trapping preferentially removes bold individuals and whether trap avoidance is culturally transmitted within and across generations. This part of the project will be conducted in the Wyong Shire and will be assisted by extensive community involvement.

This project was funded under the Australian Pest Animal Research Program (APARP).
For more APARP projects, visit: www.pestsmart.org.au/australian-pest-animal-research-program/

Author Australian Pest Animal Research Program (APARP)
Secondary Author Andrea Griffin
Volume 2011-12
Institution University of Newcastle
Department School of Psychology
Control method Trapping
Region ACT