Story: Introduced land birds

Distribution of mynas

Distribution of mynas

Mynas have steadily moved northwards in New Zealand. They were initially introduced in the South Island, but are no longer found there. By the 1890s mynas were numerous in Wellington, Manawatū and the Wairarapa, but they have almost disappeared from these areas. Their southern limit is now a line from Whanganui to Waipukurau, and their major populations are in the north of the country.

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Source: C. J. R. Robertson, P. Hyvönen, M. J. Fraser, and C. R. Pickard, Atlas of bird distribution in New Zealand 1999–2004. Wellington: Ornithological Society of New Zealand, 2007

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Christina Troup, 'Introduced land birds - Starlings and mynas', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 July 2024)

Story by Christina Troup, published 24 Nov 2008, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015