Pest birds

Some feral bird species are significant environmental and agricultural pests, such as the Indian myna bird and the European starling.

Impact of pest birds

They cause damage to the environment through selective feeding, predation and competition for resources (such as hollows and food).

Pest birds are known to destroy and contaminate horticultural and crops. They also damage infrastructure and urban environments through nest building and droppings.

Some pest birds prey on a wide range of native animals including frogs, reptiles, bird eggs and other birds. They present significant disease risks.

Controlling pest birds

Control of pest birds is best undertaken on a need-by-need basis by landholders. The primary focus of management is to:

  • reduce the risk of feral birds breeding on private land
  • reduce the risk of feral birds being released into the environment
  • reduce the negative impacts of feral birds on priority assets across NSW regions.

For more information on pest species and biosecurity, visit Pestsmart and the Department of Primary Industries.

For pest bird management advice or to reporting pest bird problems in your region, please contact your local Biosecurity Officer.

Regional Strategic Pest Animal Management Plans

We've worked with regional pest animal committees and the community to develop regional strategic pest animal management plans in each of our 11 Local Land Services regions.

Your Regional Strategic Pest Animal Management Plans will tell you what priority pest animal pest animals you need to manage and how.

Read your Regional Strategic Pest Animal Management Plan:

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