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Myna: Common

Unread post by Moegaai » Wed Nov 26, 2008 11:09 am

I'm not going to do a species analysis of them here, don't worry! :)

What do I do about them in my garden? They've successfully chased Crested AND Black-collared Barbets out of nesting logs after relentless harrassment. :evil: And ironically I don't get them in my garden that often at other times.

At the moment I don't have a nesting log, but would love to put one up again, as it quickly got interest from the Barbets, Green Woodhoepoos and Cape Glossy Starlings. Speaking of these Starlings, I believe (and have seen some of this) that they are good at chasing away the Myna's...

There is only one JHB species that I really don't welcome and want to do everything in my power to keep them away, so any suggestions? :sniper:

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Unread post by Rooies » Wed Nov 26, 2008 11:32 am

A pellet gun (air rifle) is unfortunately the option. They were spotted in my garden for the first time in 2003. My 1994 edition of Newman's show that at that time they occured only in KZN and Gauteng.
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Unread post by Scipio » Wed Nov 26, 2008 1:39 pm

Pellet Gun. :sniper: They are not indigenous as far as I know & they do chase all other birds away, so I just shoot them. :twisted:

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Mutant Mynah or something else

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Mon Dec 22, 2008 2:18 pm

This was my birthday present for today :D





Unfortunately I could not get closer, as I was worried about chasing this strange visitor away..
could any of the clever birders tell me a bit more..
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Unread post by Beefmaster » Fri Jul 17, 2009 8:39 am

You do make a good point, but remember humans can deal with competition by making a plan. Mynas are competing with local species for habitat and food and driving them away. We have so many mynas in our neighborhood its ridiculous. They are incredibly hardy birds too and clearly very adaptable if you look at their current distribution in SA. They dont even die immediately when you shoot them, incredibly tough. For me this is the problem, they dont seem to have natural enemies here to control their population... :hmz:

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Unread post by Nannie » Wed Feb 01, 2012 1:42 pm

Saw these birds for the first time in the KNP on the banks of the Lower Sabie river at bridge below LS camp on Sunday.

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Unread post by ndloti » Wed Feb 01, 2012 3:32 pm

I emailed the person listed on this website responsible for aliens , according to this document below it seems they have previously been reported at Lower Sabie ... ... pecies.pdf

The contact e-mail address listed on the doc below may not be working , though . ... -mynas.pdf
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Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Wed May 21, 2014 12:49 pm

A friend sent me this photograph of a weird-looking bird for an ID. Being in the company of common mynahs made the stretch easier: mynah with some unusual traits...

Most bald-bird reports occur in summer and fall, which are typical moulting times. Many of these strange-looking birds may be juveniles undergoing their first pre-basic moult, which produces the first winter adult plumage. For some unknown reason, the bald birds may have dropped all of their head feathers at once. Staggered feather replacement is the normal mounting pattern. Other cases of baldness may result from feather mites or some environmental or nutritional factor. No one really knows as the condition has not been well studied.

Leucism in birds are relatively rare; with a reporting rate of about 1:5000. So, to have a bald, leucistic bird is to my mind a one-in-a-million find, pesky mynah or not!

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Re: Myna: Common Myna

Unread post by barryels » Wed May 21, 2014 1:41 pm

Quite a unique sighting JVR. Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up:
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