Yellow-throated Miner Click to enlarge image
Yellow-throated Miner Image: Graham Winterflood
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Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    flavigula
    Genus
    Manorina
    Family
    Meliphagidae
    Order
    Passeriformes
    Class
    Aves
  • Size Range
    25 cm to 27 cm

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

Identification

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.

Habitat

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

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.



Seasonality

Sedentary.

Feeding and diet

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.

Communication

A piping 'pwee-pwee-pwe', similar to Noisy Miners; also harsh calls and chatter.

Breeding behaviours

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.

  • Breeding Season: July to December.