• Pigeons And Ferals: Internet Resources

    Common Myna (aka Indian Myna

    Caution: Some pest exterminators use poison. Poison is non selective and if a native bird suffers or is killed, you as the home or business owner are as responsible as the exterminator, and can be fined many thousands of dollars by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection. Please, DO NOT EMPLOY PEST EXTERMINATORS WHO USE POISON.

    QLD Government Business and industry portal: Laws on baits, blooding or coursing and animals injuring other animals: "It is an offence under the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 to administer, feed or lay a bait, or a harmful or poisonous substance, with the intention of injuring or killing an animal."

    Please note. the resources listed below are provided as a guide only. They are not intended to be, nor should they be relied on as legal advice, or the only source of information on a topic. Please confirm details independantly.

    Cairns and FNQ

    Bird Specific Resources

    • Birds and poultry

      "Council regulates birds and poultry to ensure they are kept and cared for in a manner that complements the surrounding environment." Toolbox: QLD council knowledge network. Select your Local Government Area (LGA) for details about permit and requirements  your LGA.

    • Centre for Invasive Species Solutions > Shooting of pest birds

      "Pest bird problems are increasing in Australia, particularly with recent expansions in the grape and wine industry, and in the olive industry. More than 20 species of birds conflict with primary production by significantly reducing profitability of a wide range of crops in the cereal, horticultural and aquaculture industries. [...] This standard operating procedure (SOP) is a guide only; it does not replace or override the legislation that applies in the relevant state or territory jurisdiction." Download as PDF also available on page.

    • Birds being a nuisance

      "In some situations, people consider certain species of birds to have become a nuisance. This can be because the normal activities of the birds conflicts in some way with human activity." A useful web page with information about common "nuisance" birds, like Common Mynas, Noisy Miners, Rock Doves, Torresian Crows and Australian White Ibis.

    • Meet the birds of Cairns, in the 'burbs and the bush

      "...an Australian Brush-turkey*. Both this and the scrubfowl* are megapodes (which literally means ‘big feet’), whose hard-working males build a huge mound out of leaves and earth where the female lays her eggs, which are incubated by the heat provided by the rotting vegetation."  You might think they're a nuisance disturbing your garden, but to some people, they're exotic feathered wonders, that they're prepared to fly half way around the world to see.  * aka bush turkeys, scrub hens.

    • Feeding wild birds in Australia

      "Bird feeding is an increasingly popular activity with an estimated 30-60 per cent of Australian households feeding backyard wild birds. But is it a good idea?" A brief article with key tips and a link to a guide book for purchase.

    • Living with animals > Brush Turkeys

      "While naturally shy in the bush and most of its time alone, in the suburbs, the species has become used to people and is regularly seen in groups. For brush turkeys to survive in urban areas, people must respect their natural behaviour. With a little planning, brush turkeys and people can happily coexist." Excellent information, with links to other native species.

    • Feather Clubs Association of Queensland Inc - Biosecurity

      "Simple biosecurity measures to help prevent disease occurring in your flock are outlined below. Owners of birds can minimise the risk of introducing disease and infection by implementing some simple and practical biosecurity principles."

    Queensland & Local Government Resources

    • Permits, licences and authorities

      Queensland's native wildlife is protected by legislation that aims to conserve biodiversity by protecting wildlife and its habitat.

    • Controlling pest animals on your property

      "Some introduced animals from other countries have become serious pests in Queensland. Pest animals - including mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects and birds - threaten Queensland's primary industries, natural ecosystems, and human and animal health." An online guide covering issues from control laws and management plans, through to various control methods.

    • Feral Pigs in Queensland

      PDF "Feral Pigs Status Review March 1998.  An old but still useful assessment. "Feral pigs are one of the most widespread and damaging pest animals in Queensland and they are difficult to control in some situations. Feral pigs are widely distributed and inflict damage on the environment, lower agricultural production and the general amenity of Queensland. "

    • Animal contact guidelines –reducing the risk to human health, 2014

      QLD department of Health.  PDF download. "These guidelines contain important information that can reduce the risk of visitor scontracting an infection from animals when visiting an animal farm or show, petting zoo, wildlife exhibit and other similar settings offering visitors the opportunity of seeing and coming into contact with animals."

    • Wildlife in Brisbane

      "Brisbane has more species of plants, animals, and insects than any other capital city in Australia. Use this page to find out about Brisbane's wildlife, significant wildlife species, Brisbane City Council's habitat conservation program for private land, and how to preserve Brisbane's biodiversity. You can also find information on how to manage invasive plant and animal species on your land." While specific to Brisbane, the info is usful for any land owner/occupier wanting to manage their property.

    Other Resources

    • Feral animals in Australia

      "The Australian Government works with the states and territories to develop strategies, undertake research and fund key management activities. Under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, a number of feral animals are recognised as threats to native animals and plants." Page with links to resources including feral animals, threat abatement plans, control methods, and more.

    • Sodium fluoroacetate (1080)

      A QLD DAF PDF fact sheet. "Sodium fluoroacetate (1080) is a very useful pesticide for the control of declared pest animals and has been used throughout Australia since the early 1960s. 1080 is the most efficient, humane and species-specific pesticide currently available for declared pest animal control in Australia. In Queensland, 1080 is registered for use in the control of wild dogs, feral pigs, foxes and rabbits."

    • Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (Qld) Inc - Hunting Ethics

      "Our members are required to conduct themselves in a safe and ethical manner while hunting, to ensure that the future of recreational hunting and the shooting sports in general is protected. A hunter needs to understand and follow the principles of ethical hunting and SSAA members are required to abide by our Hunting Code of Ethics. They should also always display an appreciation and adherence to sustainable wildlife management practices and obey all specific game and hunting laws." Excellent page with Hunting Code of Ethics, Rules of Hunting, and links to additional resources.

           Australian magpie lark (aka Peewee) on TV antenna Flock of feral pigeons fighting over food   Metallic starlings on a wire  Common mynas (aka Indian Mynas) on a tree branch