ORANGE risks losing some if its native bird and wildlife species if common myna birds are not eradicated within the next six months.
The Orange Field Naturalist and Conservation Society hopes to begin culling the birds which have already caused widespread destruction in parts of eastern NSW.
The birds, also known as Indian mynas, have taken up residence in the areas around Mackies Cafe and Waratah Hills Estate and are known to be breeding on Lone Pine Avenue near Bunnings.
Orange Field Naturalist and Conservation Society conservation committee chairperson Cilla Kinross said if the birds weren’t eradicated now they could take over native habitat within five years.
“They’re bullies,” she said.
“They will just take over, use up all the resources and the nice colourful birds in Orange will be gone.
“If we eradicate them now we have a better chance than places like Canberra which can only control the problem now.”
Dr Kinross said traps were being acquired and it was hoped the birds could be euthanised humanely within the next six months.
Orange City Council will support the culling efforts but Dr Kinross said there was a risk of reinvasion unless myna bird populations around Bathurst were also culled.
Orange City Council city presentation manager Nigel Hobden asked anyone who spotted the birds to contact council.
Mr Hobden asked residents not to feed common mynas.
“If people want to feed birds they’re better off putting out a proper bird feeder for native birds,” he said.