Acridotheres tristis


Family: Sturnidae

Origin: Asia

Myna on grass with open mouth.
Mynas have distinctive a yellow beak, legs and eye surrounds.

Regional Pest Management Plan (RPMP) status

  • Whole region — Sustained control
  • Hauraki Gulf Controlled Area Notice pest

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General description

Medium-sized (100-140 g) brown, black and white bird with yellow beak, legs and eye patches.

What you need to know

To help protect our environment:

  • You must not breed, distribute, release or sell any myna within the Auckland region.


Open habitats, urban areas, coastal areas, gardens, roadsides, pasture, crops, orchards.

Impact on environment

Outcompetes native birds for food, territory and nesting cavities, may attack other bird's nests. Can eat native fruit without dispersing seed and preys on vulnerable invertebrates. May transmit parasites and diseases to humans and other animals.



Please refer to the Pest animal control guidelines for information on how to control mynas, or contact Auckland Council at

Myna standing on a stone wall.
Mynas compete with native birds for food, territory and nesting cavities.