Trapping Matters

How to get a trap
(Download How to get a trap instructions
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People in Canberra / Queanbeyan region

If you are in the Canberra / Queanbeyan region and are interested in assisting in the CIMAG Indian Myna Control Program you can either build a trap — the very effective PeeGee trap — from the plans on this website, or obtain an already-built trap.  To obtain an already-built PeeGee trap, phone 02 6231 7461 or email president@indianmynaaction.org.au .   CIMAG provides the traps free to people participating in the program, although a donation to the organisation is welcome to help us meet the costs of construction and group costs.

People wishing to trap need to sign the Protocol on Animal Welfare that has been endorsed by the ACT RSPCA and abide by the guidelines for trap management:  you can get these off the CIMAG website (www.indianmynaaction.org.au).  

Commercial traps are also available.

People in NSW

Firstly, contact the environmental officer / pest control officer of your local council as they may have a program in place – a number of councils in NSW have now helped set up a community-action group along the lines of the Canberra group.  The council or the community group may be able to advise you of how to lay your hands on a PeeGee trap.

If that fails, contact one of the Men’s Sheds in your neighbourhood and see if they are building PeeGees trap.  Many now do that.

Alternatively, if you are passing through Canberra contact CIMAG (contact details above) to arrange to get one.


Myna trap plans

PeeGee's Myna & Starling Trap Plans (Rev: June 2013; PDF, 2.28Mb)
"Tiny Tim" Drop Door Trap plans (PDF, 21Kb)
Water Bottle plan (PDF, 109Kb)
Myna trap photos


How to trap mynas
(Download Myna Trapping Help Sheet PDF, 21Kb)

This help sheet is intended as a guide to trapping Indian Mynas.

Traps are to be only placed on private property, to avoid possible public sensitivity and public liability issues and to avoid vandalism.

Contact:  Bill Handke, 6231 7461 or handke@grapevine.net.au
CIMAG website:  www.indianmynaaction.org.au
Send a blank email to news-subscribe@indianmynaaction.org.au to get the Myna Matters Bulletin and news.


Canberra / Queanbeyan Trapping Totals

The figures in the following table are the aggregate totals of mynas trapped in Canberra / Queanbeyan suburbs (since commencement of CIMAG trapping in 2006) as at June 2012, Dec 2012, June 2013 and Dec 2013. These totals are the numbers of mynas reported by CIMAG trappers — they are therefore the minimum number of mynas removed from the suburbs and are known to considerably understate the actual numbers removed since many people with traps do not report their captures. The table also indicates the number of people with traps in those suburbs

Download Suburb Trapping Totals (PDF, 154Kb)


Chart of myna numbers

"Myna numbers in the Canberra region continue to decline. They are now the 18th most common bird – they were the 20th most common bird in the previous survey year:  but don’t despair.  Their absolute numbers continued to decline – CIMAG startsthe drop in ranking reflects that the Starling and Yellow-faced Honeyeater numbers dropped even more than myna numbers did.  No concern felt about Starling numbers declining (our trapping in 2012-13 removed 281 Starlings as well as 3,551 mynas).  The COG backyard surveyors across all of Canberra / Queanbeyan region saw on average each week of the year a maximum of 1.294 mynas at a time within 100 metres of their backyard:  this figure was 1.385 mynas in the previous survey year and 4.985 mynas back in 2005-06 when we started our trapping program."

Bill Handke

Download Common Myna Abundance, 1981-82 — 2011-12 (PDF, 185Kb)