Yellow-throated Miner

Did you know?

Flocks of Yellow-throated Miners utter a musical, pre-dawn song.

Calls
A piping 'pwee-pwee-pwe', similar to Noisy Miners; also harsh calls and chatter.
Facts and Figures
Research Species: 
No
Minimum Size: 
18cm
Maximum Size: 
23cm
Average size: 
21cm
Average weight: 
31g
Breeding season: 
August to December
Clutch Size: 
Usually two to three, up to five.
Incubation: 
16 days
Nestling Period: 
16 days
Conservation Status
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Basic Information
Scientific Name: 
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Atlas Number: 
635
What does it look like?
Description: 

The Yellow-throated Miner is a medium-sized honeyeater, grey above from the crown to the tail, pale grey below with light brown scalloping on the breast to the white rump, with a black face, distinctive yellow forehead and sides of throat. The bare eye skin, bill, legs and feet are also yellow. The wings and tail edges are washed yellow, and the tail tips are white. This species is noisy and sociable, and may be aggressive towards other birds.

Similar species: 

The Yellow-throated Miner is very similar to the Noisy MinerM. melanocephala, but has a grey rather than black crown, a white rump, and a yellow forehead and throat. The rare and endangered Black-eared Miner, M. melanotis, is so similar that it is hard to distinguish in the field, but it is extremely restricted in its distribution, while the Yellow-throated Miner is widespread.

Where does it live?
Distribution: 

The Yellow-throated Miner is found across mainland Australia, with the exception of the east coast south of central Queensland, Arnhemland and western Gulf of Carpentia, Cape York or the most arid parts of the interior.

Habitat: 

The Yellow-throated Miner is found in dry forests and woodlands, especially mallee. It is also seen in parks, gardens and farmlands.

Seasonal movements: 

Sedentary.

What does it do?
Feeding: 

The Yellow-throated Miner feeds on insects, nectar, berries and fruit, foraging at all levels of the canopy and on the ground. It usually forages in noisy flocks.

Breeding: 

The Yellow-faced Miner breeds communally and breeding pairs are often assisted by other members of the group. The losse, cup-shaped nest is built in a tree fork about 3 m to 6 m from the ground and is constructed from twigs and grasses, lined with wool, fur or feathers.

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