As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Sunday 15 November 2015

This bird causing you trouble? Council offers free traps

5th Nov 2015 1:47 PM

GLADSTONE Regional Council is offering the free loan of traps to residents who are having issues with one of Australia's most invasive pests, the Indian Myna bird.

Council has conducted surveys of the species in Gladstone and discovered that its distribution is concentrated in Gladstone's CBD, with other populations being noted in the surrounding suburbs of Barney Point, South Gladstone and Clinton.

Originating from Asia, the species is usually seen in pairs, with the adult being readily identified by a brown body of approximately 23-25cm long; black hooded head; yellow patch behind the eye; bright yellow legs and bill; a white patch on the outer primaries; and white colour under the wing lining.

They are similar in appearance to the Noisy Miner, a native honeyeater species, which is predominantly grey in colour, is non-invasive and is not regarded as a pest.

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