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Noisy Miner, Manorina melanocephala

Noisy Miner
Photo copyright
 Dave Watts

Description

The Noisy Miner is medium-sized (240-270mm) honeyeater with a grey body and black crown and cheeks. The bill and legs are yellow. There is a distinctive triangular patch of yellow naked skin behind the eye.

Noisy Miners may aggressively attack larger birds such as hawks and kookaburras often resulting in the exclusion of other species of birds from an area.

Habitat

Noisy Miners can be found in woodlands and open forests with large eucalypts, scrub, orchards, parks and gardens.

Diet

Feeds on nectar, fruits and insects, and very occasionally they will eat small reptiles and amphibians. In keeping with its highly social nature and name, the Noisy Miner usually feeds in large, noisy groups.

Breeding

Noisy Miners often breed in loose colonies. Several broods may be reared during a single season. The female constructs a rough cup of twigs and grasses bound by cobwebs and lined with hair or wool, and incubates the 2-4 eggs alone. Both sexes feed the young birds. Additional 'helpers' usually also feed the young. Interestingly, these helpers are almost always male birds.

Call

A piercing, high-pitched "pwee-pwee-pwee" and softer clicks, peeps and squeaks. (Audio recordings courtesy of David Stewart/Nature Sound)

Distribution Map courtesy Natural Values Atlas, data from theLIST 
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Distribution

Noisy Miners range from northern Queensland along the eastern coast to South Australia. They are increasing in abundance in urban areas.

They are a common resident in the central and eastern lowlands of Tasmania.