In order to help control the local Indian myna population, Bundaberg Regional Council is encouraging residents to log sightings of the problem pest through the FeralScan app.
The app has been created by the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions and can be used to record sightings of up to 14 different animals including feral pigs, wild dogs, toads, feral cats and more.
It is currently assisting Council in identifying feral animal species causing problems within the local region, with a particular focus on the Indian myna.
Environmental portfolio spokesperson Cr Wayne Honor said Indian mynas had major impact on native bird populations due to their aggressive and territorial habits.
“These birds were first introduced to Australia from India around the year 1862 for the control of insect pests,” he said.
“The Indian myna is territorial and will quickly force native birds out of their traditional nesting sites and can also carry potential health risks to humans through mites and lice.
“In 2009, in an effort to reduce bird numbers, Council implemented a trapping and awareness program throughout the region.
“Residents can become involved in this program by loaning free traps from Council, who also provide assistance in how to set up and maintain the trap.”
Cr Wayne Honor said through the use of the FeralScan app, residents could help Council in the control of the Indian myna species.
“Council is encouraging residents to record through the app when they see or hear an Indian myna,” he said.
“The app includes a range of features which allow you to upload photos and add notes about your sighting.
“This information will help our land protection officers in identifying new areas where birds have been sighted, record trends of where they are moving to and their nesting and roosting habits”
You can also add records via the website at www.feralscan.org.au.
To find out more about Bundaberg Regional Council's Indian myna bird program click here.