Protecting native birds and wildlife
Our native birds and wildlife are important to our biodiversity and we encourage you to help respect and protect them.
Threats to native birds and wildlife include:
- bread or food that they don’t normally eat
- loss of habitat
- pests like rabbits, foxes and the Indian Myna bird
- stray domestic animals
- waste and water pollution
- cars and other vehicles
- the effect of climate change on habitat and food supply
You can help protect native birds and wildlife from these threats by:
- not feeding them bread or food that they don’t normally eat
- planting native and indigenous plants to attract wildlife like birds or bees
- having more trees with hollows for native animals to nest in
- installing a nesting box
- telling us if you see feral foxes, rabbits or other pests
- minimising garden chemicals and pesticides use
- not letting your cat wander the streets
- making sure your dog is only off-leash in specified ‘off-leash’ parks and reserves.
Indian Myna bird
The Common Myna or Indian Myna is an introduced pest and its population is growing fast. You can identify a by its yellow beak and eye patch and brown body.
These two organisations run control programs in Darebin:
- Yarra Indian Myna Group (YIMAG) raises awareness and sets humane traps.
- Darebin Creek Management Committee works with the Darebin Parklands Association to set humane traps.
You can help with the Myna bird problem by:
- not leaving food scraps, pet food or bones outside
- covering rubbish bins and other potential food sources
- not feeding feed birds in your backyard
- blocking potential nest sites, such as holes in roofs or gutters
- removing any Myna nests you find in nest boxes or tree hollows
- using self-closing doors and flyscreens
- starting a personal or community trapping and disposal program
- Please don't feed the birds or wildlife factsheet – English (PDF, 1.4MB)
- Please don't feed the birds or wildlife factsheet – Arabic (PDF, 2.9MB)
- Please don't feed the birds or wildlife factsheet – Mandarin (PDF, 2.9MB)
- Victorian Government Biodiversity 2037 plan
- Victorian Government wildlife information