(1) Despite my positive emotional response to talking animals, I've never taught an animal to speak, not even a parrot or a mynah .(2) We could observe a couple of endangered hill mynas among other species.(3) There are even a few rare records of mynas attacking people.(4) Soil can be seeded within monoculture grass, or trees can be planted widely apart so that they do not become roosts for mynas and starlings.(5) Sparrows, starlings, Indian mynahs and feral pigeons rarely visit Australian gardens, which welcome an array of colourful native birds.