It’s been nearly three years since I first encountered this curious-looking Noisy Miner in the car park at the Observatory near Parkes, New South Wales. This Australian honeyeater can be confused with the introduced bird, the Common Mynah. The latter has mostly brown plumage, but much the same face, and belongs to the starling family.



I don’t know why I never see Noisy Miners back home, for according to the distribution map, they are common all along the Eastern Coast from North Queensland,  New South Wales, Victoria, and into South Australia, and Tasmania.


The yellow patch behind the eye is the naked skin.

Thanks for looking.




Manorina melanocephala: Noisy Miner


4 thoughts on “Manorina melanocephala: Noisy Miner

  1. sue says:

    We have a lot of them here. In Melbourne we used to be inundated with Indian Minah’s. Lot noisier than the Noisy Minah. When I was told what they were called I was expecting a great din, not at all, rather quiet in comparison. I think they look evil with that yellow in the corner of their eyes.

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  2. sue says:

    Took my laptop back to repairer as it hadn’t been working properly. I think the man thinks i’m a bit odd. Couldn’t understand how I had been able to use it for 3 months, as I hadn’t entered password. Told him my password hadn’t worked since I got it back, asked me what I put and he showed me on the invoice I was trying the wrong one. So while I was there asked him why I couldn’t update Messenger on my phone (this really compounded his idea of me being odd) went through my phone, checked again & again and said you don’t have the App Store on here and it can’t be taken off your phone. Said to go back to store & get them to do Factory Reboot. I sat down and went through everything on the phone, found it after about 1/2 an hour, I, or Julius, had disabled the App. Still don’t like the phone. I was writing a message the other day and all of a sudden it added “Botanical” twice. Either gremlins or the evil computer wizard is playing games with me again.


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