Bird Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala)

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Common Name: Noisy Miner

Scientific Name: Manorina melanocephala

Family: Meliphagidae

Order: Passeriformes

Other Common Names: Micky, Noisy Mynah, Squeaker, Soldier-bird

Distribution: Eastern mainland Australia,

Habitat: Eucalypt woodlands and forests taking advantage of modified environments such as parks and gardens

Field Notes: A bold and curious bird with an average length of 25cm. Black markings extend from the crown down over the ears and the sides of the throat. The head and back is grey with darker mottling across the shoulders. White underparts with grey mottling on the breast and throat. The feet, beak and skin patch behind the eye are distinctly yellow in colour. Juveniles have bolder markings than adults

Photos by Auscraft, 2011. My Yard, QLD

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Photo By Auscraft Sept 2011
 
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Nests being made found the birds actively building but not able to get the bird at nest.
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The female alone builds the nest, which is deep and cup-shaped, woven of twigs and grasses with other plant material, animal hair and spider webs. Occasionally the nest will include man-made materials such as twine, scraps of material, and tissue paper. It is lined with wool, hair, feathers, flowers or plant down, and padded with a circular mat woven from fibres pulled from the cocoons of the processional caterpillar. The female Miner walks around on the ground close to the nest site, picking up material. She gathers material from disused nests of other birds, or dismantles its most recent nest to build a new one. The female completes the nest in five or six days. On average nests have an external diameter of 15–17.8 centimetres (5.9–7.0 in) and an external depth of 9–11.4 centimetres (3.5–4.5 in). The internal depth of the nest is around 5.5 centimetres (2.2 in).

Newly hatched chick and egg
Eggs vary greatly in size, shape and markings, but are generally elongated ovals; white to cream or pinkish or buff coloured; freckled, spotted or blotched with reddish brown to chestnut or a purplish red, sometimes with underlying markings of violet or purplish grey. The clutch consists of two to four eggs.
 

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I have noticed that birds carrying nesting material have a very distinctive head down flight and its easy
to work out where the nest is from this. Sometimes it can be just 1.5 meters off the ground.
 

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but not able to get the bird at nest.
probably behind you picking the moment to attack. These birds are very aggressive in defense of the nest, and habitual bullies of most other small birds.
 

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I have noticed that birds carrying nesting material have a very distinctive head down flight and its easy
to work out where the nest is from this. Sometimes it can be just 1.5 meters off the ground.
I found two nests being built and both were just at eye level or a little lower so about 1.8m
 
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