Noisy Miner Abstract, This Noisy Miner bird has received a digital makeover which has provided unique contemporary appeal to my original photograph. The Noisy Miner bird (Melanocephala) is part of the Honey eater family. They are commonly found in eastern and south- east Australia but popularize many other parts of Australia too. They are characterized by their grey/black feathers, yellow beak and a large yellow patch around their eyes. Their tails have white tips. They are given their name for a reason……..a very noisy reason and the variations of sound range from singing, calling, scolding and alarming others when danger is present. They love eating nectar from plants, especially native grevilleas and this preference has reported to cause the grevillea plants to become very prolific. Another favourite for the Noisy Miners is the Eucalyptus trees.
These gregarious birds are territorial and are brave defenders of their ‘patch,’ as they are well known for their aggressive behaviour. They are constantly targeting other birds, and give chase, peck, fight, scold and use their mob mentality very effectively against both intruders and their colony members. They do not engage in courtship like other birds but when it’s time to mate it is done so in a frenzied, communal manner and they are an overabundant species. Despite this fact they are still protected throughout Australia.
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June 5th, 2019
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