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 Post subject: Re: Indian Mynah's in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 3:48 pm 
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They are definitely aware of the problem, of that I can assure you, but unfortunately there is not a definitive spot where to go and find them and get rid of them as they move around quite a lot.

One can log the sighting now and by tomorrow or in a couple of days when a ranger tries to investigate spot, well we all know how birds can be and wont be at the spot.

That, and there are more important things happening in the KNP at the moment than to spend time chasing after Myna.

I am sure they will be tending to it, and hopefully pull in some Honorary Rangers to help deal with this issue.


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 Post subject: Re: Indian Mynah's in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 5:55 pm 
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DD, the Indian Mynah is one of the important things happening in KNP at the moment!!


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 Post subject: Re: Indian Mynah's in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:57 am 
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DotDan wrote:
I agree, but I am sure the rhino situation trumps the Myna situation currently.


Don't think that one needs to be dealt with at the expense of the other? :hmz:
Both are issues of concern


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 Post subject: Re: Indian Mynah's in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 10:13 am 
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DotDan wrote:


I am really flabbergasted at some of the responses here. Sorry guys, but you all still miss my point completely.

I am not saying the Myna is not an issue or that SANP is not taking it seriously. Take this from me as someone who have spent years on years birding around South Africa and Kruger, and have had the privilege to spend time with a lot of the Kruger park staff over the years. The feeling is that it is difficult to trace a pair of Myna in one area as birds roam around a vast track of space, so it is more in the line of, as soon as they are found again, eradication will take place immediately.

But SANP can not afford to send out Rangers on a daily basis to go and look for these birds when there is an international crisis on hand with rhino poaching and the whole world's eyes are looking at Kruger and the staff with every move they take.

Believe me, the guys in the positions that look after the conservation of bird life in Kruger, will make sure everything is done to try and eradicate Myna from becoming more widespread, but even this is not guaranteed and it can never be guaranteed.


Succinctly put DD! :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Indian Mynah's in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 3:49 pm 
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I highly doubt Sanparks is ignorant, but nou ja, I saw the report of Myna at Sunset dam a while back, and I actually spent 3 days birding the area two weeks ago and not once did I come across any Myna.

I am well aware that they have quite defined territories, but the fact they haven't been reported as of late is maybe a sign that it is not going to be as easy as sitting at Sunset dam and waiting for them...


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 Post subject: Re: Indian Mynah's in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 6:00 pm 
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There is a lot of research being conducted in Kruger that is pretty much free of charge and conducted by learning institutions. In addition to the collared lion/leopard/wild dog, tagged vulture/martial eagle, ground hornbill and other such projects... what is wrong with a study on the whereabouts of Myna populations. I have consistently seen Mynahs since 2011 near Lower Sabie (every single visit - which I fear have not been many visits, only 6). Perhaps SANPARKS could let me know who to put a proposal to and I will gladly put together a working group to ID colonies and then put a humane plan together to say goodbye to them.


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 Post subject: Re: Indian Mynah's in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 9:59 am 
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SeanP wrote:
Having studied bird and animal behavior for the last 20 years and having worked in the field, I know that Indian Mynah's have very defined territories. I also know the damage they are capable of. These birds could gain a strong hold in Kruger and cause havoc. Ignorance is bliss!


Yup, I agree.
It is a problem that cannot be ignored!


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 Post subject: Report this bird!!!
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http://lowvelder.co.za/220462/lethal-co ... der-india/

One particular bird has emerged as a scourge the world over, taking over habitats as they go and wreaking havoc on biodiversity in the process. Now, the Indian myna has also secured a foothold in the neighbouring areas of the Kruger National Park. Yet, park management says not everything is lost yet.
Mynas were first noticed in the park by wilderness trail rangers in the Talamati, Malalane and Lower Sabie areas in 2000, says SANParks manager of alien biota, Ezekiel Khosa. Sightings have now been reported from almost across the park, from Talamati, Malalane, Lower Sabie, Satara, Biyamiti Bushcamp, Crocodile Bridge, Phalaborwa, Punda Maria and the Pafuri area. Once established, they will be near impossible to eradicate, growing in numbers and out-competing indigenous birds as time goes on. However, by destroying the birds if they are seen, management has managed to prevent this from taking place.
This bird (Acridotheres tristis) is not a foe to be taken lightly, and is listed by the Global Invasive Specialist Group as one of the world’s 100 worst alien invasive species. They are also listed as an invasive alien bird by the department of environmental affairs, along with the mallard duck, Indian house crow, the chaffinch, the hill myna and the common starling. As such, the park is legally obliged to manage the problem.
Ironically, the birds were originally invited into the country from their homelands in southern and south-eastern Asia around 1900, when they were introduced into KwaZulu-Natal in an effort to control cane beetles, garden insects and locusts. However, they soon multiplied into millions, and became pests themselves. Today, they are rife over large areas of South Africa.
The birds “greatly” affect the biodiversity of an area, in particular the birdlife, says Khosa. “Kruger National Park is no exception to this.” Among other detrimental effects, they help disperse alien plants such as Lantana camara and compete aggressively with many indigenous bird species, replacing them in some areas.


HAVE YOU SEEN A MYNA?

The myna is a medium-sized chocolate-brown bird, with a yellow beak, eye patch, feet and legs. The head, throat and tail are black, and the tail has white tips and white under-tail feathers. Large white patches in the wings are visible when the bird is in flight. Mynas are very noisy, and are often found in pairs or small groups feeding on the ground. They usually roost communally in trees or under bridges and roof eaves. Report any sightings of these birds in the Lowveld to the Kruger National Park Alien Biota Section at: Alien Biota Section, Private Bag X402, Skukuza, 1350.
You can phone +27-13-735-4114,
fax +27-13-735-4051 or email to ezekiel.khoza@sanparks.org or llewellyn.foxcroft@sanparks.org

Since they were first spotted in Kruger, several mynas have been destroyed, but managing the problem is an ongoing process. This includes supporting any groups that wish to prevent the spread of the birds, and conducting awareness campaigns to educate Kruger residents. As the birds prefer nesting in gaps in buildings like roofs and eaves, these are sealed off as far as possible. The birds, chicks and eggs can also be destroyed at night when they are roosting. A trap to catch them at their roosting sites is being developed, and they will consider using this if it is successful.
However, trapping would have to be part of an integrated strategy that includes the community as well as habitat restoration to favour native birds, he says. Visitors are also requested to report any sightings.
Yet, at the moment, shooting the them is the only pragmatic control method, and a number of birds have been done away with, says Khosa. He adds that SANParks has been, and will be, actively involved in the physical management of the mynas. However, due to large established colonies in neighbouring towns such as Malalane, Komatipoort, Hazyview and Phalaborwa, it will be a long haul before anyone can claim that the battle has been won. Tabs on progress are kept by the park’s conservation management committee.

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 Post subject: Re: Report this bird!!!
Unread postPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2014 6:33 pm 
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I think it's too late. The mynah is so much part of the landscape and it's presence will spread. A worse scourge is the the human species. Does a heck of a lot more damage than mynahs do. AQnd it is everywhere! No way we gonna get rid of it.


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 Post subject: Re: Indian Mynah's in Kruger
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Am sure there is an Article in either the Winter or Spring Edition of the Sanparks paper - Sanparks is aware of the issue and has requested members of the public to report sightings within KNP - the birds are then shot if possible. Unfortunately, there are already established colonies within Malelane and Komatipoort so could potentially be a serious problem!!!


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