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Noisy Miner

Noisy Miner
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Copyright: Colin McQueen (McQueenca) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 131 W: 11 N: 226] (1387)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-01-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon EF 300 1:2.8 L IS II USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-01-21 1:58
Viewed: 2271
Points: 30
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Noisy Miner
Manorina melanocephala

Noisy Miners are particularly pugnacious honeyeaters. They noisily defend their ‘patch’ of trees from other birds, especially other species of honeyeaters which may be seen as competitors for the food resources, and these are vigorously chased away. Many other small birds are also driven from the area, and sometimes miners will even chase after cormorants or herons that may fly past, or harass them mercilessly if they perch somewhere in the miners’ territory. Because of this aggressive behaviour, areas inhabited by Noisy Miners often support few other birds.


The Noisy Miner is a bold and curious bird. It is identified by its mostly grey body and black crown and cheeks. The bill is yellow, as are the legs and the naked skin behind the eye. The name is well suited as the common calls are uttered repeatedly by the members of the colony.

Similar Species

The similar Yellow-throated Miner, Manorina flavigula, has a grey crown, white rump, and a line of bare yellow skin on the sides of the throat. People often confuse miners with the introduced Common Myna, Acridotheres tristis. The Common Myna is quite different in plumage (mostly dark brown) and, although it has similar facial markings, belongs to the starling family, while the miners are honeyeaters.


Noisy Miners range from northern Queensland along the eastern coast to South Australia and Tasmania.


Noisy Miners are found in woodlands and open forests. They have also become well adapted to suburban situations and are a common sight in parks and gardens.

Source: www.birdlife.org.au

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-01-21 2:11]

Hello Colin
what a bird seen in full feature. I like the bi eye very much. The feathers looks fantastic like fish scales.
The green leaves gives a good color contrast.
Nice view


interesting bird and good pic. the head of the bird could be sharper.
nevertheless very nice.

Ciao Colin, great capture of lovely bird with fantastic eye, beautiful blurry BG, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Colin,
A very nice shot of this bird,very good focus and clarity within the dof area.
(I think if you had tried f11, the head would have been that little bit sharper or focused on the eye and then applied focus lock and then moved the camera to take the other parts of the bird.)
I like the subtle change of colours in the plumage. Good POV and pose.
Thanks for sharing, regards Bill

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-01-21 6:15]

Very interesting bird with dull colors yet beautiful. tfs.

This is a new bird for me, Colin.
The picture has been taken from an effective perspective, giving a clear impression of the features of this bird native to your continent. Never mind if the entire tail is not within the frame.
Thanks for sharing this picture of a bird not seen frequently here on TN.

hello Colin
very nice bird to see
great details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

你的奇珍異鳥 真是看不完
這張很漂亮端莊的神情 清晰的羽毛紋路
綠意的樹葉搭配 真得很美 美麗到無話可說

Hello Colin

Excellent close-up shot of this species of bird,
fine POV, love the tight framing you gived by
the cropping and the way is framed by the leafs,
excellent details of its plumage, TFS


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-01-21 7:08]

Hello Colin,
Nice close photo of this Noisy Miner, not a daily guest here on TN.
A pity that the head is a bit OOF. The rest of the bird is very sharp. Beautiful natural colours, also in the background.

Hello Colin,
Nice coloured bird with good point of view.I haven't seen such coloured bird before.Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards,

Hello Colin,
Lovely capture with a good details and nice natural colours.
TFS and my regards,

Excellent!!This bird is not found in India..A new bird to me.Thanks for sharing.

Nice composition. A lot of details. Amazing colours.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-01-21 15:24]

Hi Colin,not the best details on the head,maybe it move when you take the pic,the rest is perfect,great capture and great specie,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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