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Mynah birds have taken over my garden, displacing the natural avian fauna. I would like to get rid of them, but my being in Australia means that I can't buy a gun.

Any alternative suggestions on how to control them?

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  • What are the birds looking for, in your garden? Food? Place to rest? Nest? – Giacomo Catenazzi Nov 25 '16 at 12:31
  • Adopt a snake if the birds are nesting – Everyone Nov 28 '16 at 14:24
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An air rifle would do it, if that's permissible where you live (it is in the UK for use with feral pigeons and rats) and I believe its not illegal to shoot myna birds in Australia. However, if you live in a city or a built up area, it may not be possible to use an air rifle because of danger to other residents and pets.

It might be worth consulting with your local authority to see if they have any plan of action in place; from what I've read, culling is under consideration in some areas, but not decided upon. The alternative methods seem to be trapping and killing, or poisoning, and I'm not sure how safe the latter would be in areas where there are plenty of creatures you don't want to harm. This link here seems quite useful though http://indianmynah.blogspot.co.uk

  • Bamboo!! You could shoot birds? Seriously? Why do we humans think we are so special we can decide what lives and what dies, just for OUR convenience. – stormy Jul 8 at 21:00
  • @kevinsky Not an answer? So telling someone how to kill these birds to make their life more comfy is an answer? Does our site have some morality to maintain or not? Gross. Mynah birds are in the same family as Ravens, Crows, Jacks...BRILLIANT birds. I'd say they were smarter than us humans and I can support that stance! Yet we got the pellet guns and poisons. – stormy Jul 8 at 21:03
  • @stormy blimey, you trawling through the archives or what... no, I don't shoot birds any more than you do - but I regularly kill aphids, snails, rats, house mice, clothes moth and any other pest that's necessary. And I bet you do too... we just happen not to live anywhere mynah birds ARE a serious pest... – Bamboo Jul 8 at 22:27
  • Blimey!! You know I baited you, right? Grins!! Is this an archive? Sigh, 2016??? oK. I am certifiable!! Huggs, anyway...too weird! So sorry...; – stormy Jul 8 at 23:51
  • In Australia air rifles are treated as category A firearms, the same as .22 rifles and break action shotguns so you need a licence. – PeterJ Jul 9 at 7:19

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