Noisy Miner

Quick Facts

Length: 26 cm
Height: -
Weight: 59 grams
Colour: Mostly grey body and brown crown and cheeks with a yellow bill
Habitat: Woodlands and open forests. Adapted well to suburban situations
Food: Nectar, fruits and insects. Very occasionally small reptiles and amphibians
Predators: -
Status: Secure in NSW, QLD,SA, TAS & VIC. Not Present in WA and NT
Noisy Miner
Noisy Miner

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.

The similar Yellow-throated Miner, has a grey crown, white rump, and a line of bare yellow skin on the sides of the throat. People often confuse miners with the introduced Common Myna. The Common Myna is quite different in plumage (mostly dark brown) and, although it has similar facial markings, belongs to the starling family, while the miners are honeyeaters.

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.
Despite their moderate size, Noisy Miners aggressively attack larger birds such as hawks and kookaburras. These attacks may be so vigorous that most other birds are excluded from an area occupied by Noisy Miners.

Author: Rosalyn Plunkett
Last Updated: Thursday 18th July, 2013
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