Photo taken in Picton Botanic Garden
Featured in The Birds Group, May 2011
Featured in The World As We See It , or as we missed it Group, May 2011
Scientific name: Manorina melanocephala
The Noisy Miner is a bold and curious bird. It is identified by its mostly grey body and black crown and cheeks. The bill is yellow, as are the legs and the naked skin behind the eye. The name is well suited as the common calls are uttered repeatedly by the members of the colony.
Noisy Miners range from northern Queensland along the eastern coast to South Australia and Tasmania.
Noisy Miners are found in woodlands and open forests. They have also become well adapted to suburban situations and are a common sight in parks and gardens.
The Noisy Miner feeds on nectar, fruits and insects. Very occasionally they will eat small reptiles and amphibians. Food is either taken from trees or on the ground. In keeping with its highly social nature, the Noisy Miner usually feeds in large groups.
Noisy Miners breed in small to large colonies and several broods may be reared during a single season. The female constructs the nest and incubates the eggs alone, but both sexes will care for and feed the young birds. Additional ‘helpers’ usually also feed the young. Interestingly, these helpers are almost always male birds.
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