The times they are a changing! Whilst everyone in town is (rightfully) totally consumed by the all-conquering Corona Virus (Covid 19) we should not lose sight of other issues that will, ultimately, affect our lives in very different ways.
I was out playing golf the other day and, as is oft the case with my ever wayward Tee shots, I hit my ball into the trees – I used up most of the maximum 3 minutes allowed to find my ball. There, under the wide canopy provided by our indigenous trees, I came across a pair of Indian (Common) Myna birds having a major fight – they were definitely not mating. In a scene that could come from a scary movie I watched as the dominant one had managed to have the other on its back and was holding him angrily down with a combination of beak and foreleg.
These ugly birds have slowing been infiltrating our environment over the past few years and pose a major threat to many of our common garden birds (Eg Crested Barbets). See Wikipedia notes on the Myna below
We desperately need to put our collective thinking caps on to work out how to diminish the damage that they can do to our birdlife – and to our sanity – I put them in same league as the Pied Crow. Very sad to see. Mike G.
The common myna or Indian myna (Acridotheres tristis), sometimes spelled mynah, is a member of the family Sturnidae (starlings and mynas) native to Asia. An omnivorous open woodland bird with a strong territorial instinct, the myna has adapted extremely well to urban environments.
The range of the common myna is increasing at such a rapid rate that in 2000 the IUCN Species Survival Commission declared it one of the world’s most invasive species and one of only three birds in the top 100 species that pose an impact to biodiversity, agriculture and human interests. In particular, the species poses a serious threat to the ecosystems of Australia where it was named “The Most Important Pest/Problem”.