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Black-eared Miner

From Opus

Photo by Tannin Gluepot, South Australia, June 2006
Photo by Tannin
Gluepot, South Australia, June 2006
Manorina melanotis

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[edit] Identification

23-26 cm
Adult

  • Black facial mask from bill to ear coverts
  • Grey rump
  • Upper-parts varying between mid and dark grey
  • Olive-yellow edged remiges and outer rectrices
  • Dark grey sub-moustachial stripe
  • Grey chin and upper throat
  • Fine mottling on breast
  • White belly
  • Yellow bill and skin behind eye

Juvenile rather browner

[edit] Similar Species

Looks much the same as the Yellow-throated Miner and sounds exctly like Noisy Miner

[edit] Distribution

Restricted to mallee of south-central Australia

[edit] Status

Threatened mostly due to habitat loss.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Mallee woodland.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

The breeding pair is assited by up to 13 helpers, mainly males.

[edit] Diet

The diet includes insects.

[edit] Vocalisation

Variety of harsh notes, chattering.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. BirdLife International
  3. BF Member observations

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