Growing mynah menace

Growing mynah menace

Judging from the reduced frequency of sightings, it appears that the crow population has been contained.

However, the same cannot be said about mynahs. Their numbers seem to have surged, if their presence in residential estates and eating places is anything to go by.

They roost on trees in housing estates and under the rooftop tiles of residential buildings. Even the trees along the tourist belt in Orchard Road have not been spared.

Residents living in affected areas are disturbed by the din created in the evenings.

It is common to find mynahs descending on unattended food and leftovers at hawker centres, coffee shops and open-air eating places.

At hawker centres, they can be found perched on metal railings, and the thick layer of droppings on them suggests a high concentration of mynahs there. The birds also congregate at unsecured rubbish bins.

Mynahs are considered pests and pose a health hazard. They have the potential to spread diseases through their droppings.

As more people are dining out, it is imperative that remedial action be taken to manage the mynah population before the situation gets out of hand.

Everyone has a part to play.

Food operators must ensure that leftovers are cleared quickly. Town councils and the National Parks Board have to step up tree pruning in public and private residential estates. And rubbish bins at food centres should be tightly secured to avoid food spillage.

Would the National Environment Agency and the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority care to comment?

Andrew Seow

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