The Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala) is a honeyeater bird found in eastern and southeastern Australia. Its name comes from its noisy vocal calls. It is sometimes called a Chattering Honeyeater.
The Noisy Miner is grey, with a black head, orange-yellow beak and feet, a distinctive yellow patch behind the eye, and white tips on the tail feathers.
It grows to about 24 centimetres (9 inches) tall.
It likes dry, open eucalypt forests, and city parks and gardens.
The Noisy Miner is territorial, and will defend its territory with aggressive noisy shrieks. They live in a colony of about 10-25 birds. Many males are called a coterie, while temporary flocks of about 5-8 birds is called a coalition.
The Noisy Miner mainly eats nectar, fruit and insects.
It builds a cup-shaped nest and the female lays 2-4 eggs. Only the female sits on the eggs, but many birds will help raise the chicks. This is called alloparenting.
The young chicks are naked (featherless) and helpless, which is called altricial. They gain their feathers after about 35 days.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM