Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Wild Bird Wednesday 137 - Noisy Miner.

Back to a more conventional WBW this week!

This bird is a Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala) and while its a rather splendid looking bird it presence is not always welcome.

The scientific name refers to both the birds large nostrils and its back head - both of which can be seen in these pictures.

What the picture does not show is that this bird is both colonial and aggressive, meaning that if a colony does become established in an area it can be very bad news for other species.  This species is also had home in a range of habitats - including ones that have become somewhat degraded.  All in all this leads to as species that can 'take over' isolated patches of habitat to the exclusion of other species.  This is especially a problem in the fragmented habits we often find in urban or urban fringe areas.

All this is a bit of a shame really, as it is a rather splendid looking bird!



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58 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

it is a snappy looking bird!

eileeninmd said...

Stewart, it is a cool looking bird. I would love to see it someday.. It is sad that is causes so many problems for the other species.. Great post and images. Thanks for hosting, enjoy your day!

Modesto Viegas said...

His face is really aggressive!!!
Good photo!

EG CameraGirl said...

Handsome bird. I guess there are bullies in the bird world just like in the human one.

Findlay Wilde said...

You can see in it's eyes that it is very determined can't you.

Mary Cromer said...

Their eyes are amazing. Thank you for hosting Stewart~

Karen said...

He is a sharp looking bird!

Andrew Fulton said...

It's a beautiful bird Stewart...

Bethany Carson said...

The yellow really makes his eyes stand out.

Frank said...

Inquisitive looking species. They obviously share similar traits as our Ring-necked Parakeets!!

Adam Jones said...

It's a good looking bird, but glad we don't have them here.

Sharon Wagner said...

It does have great eyes.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

It is a splendid looking bird. I'd like to see it try to poach on a blue jay's territory. They're pretty domineering themselves. :)

Nora said...

Very unusual looking bird and interesting story about them. It is a shame that there is not enough land for all the birds now as we have so many cities.

Kevin and Janet Shaw Seizethedayrvadventures said...

Love the eyes!

Ela said...

Just a gorgeous bird ! His eyes are amazing !

Andrea Priebe said...

He looks like a cartoon character ... a villainous one :) I agree that it is a shame that their habits are so destructive because they would be great fun to observe on a regular basis. Where were you when you spotted these? Hopefully not near your home. Have a good week, Stewart ...

Andrea @ From The Sol

thewovenspoke said...

A very interesting bird and facts about its behavior , that's what makes WBW so fun to follow. Thanks for hosting.

bas van Es said...

wel een hele aparte vogel.

Rebecca said...

I agree it is a great looking bird, but doesn't sound like it coexists that well with others...
Thanks for hosting. - Have a great week!

Carletta said...

He is a stellar looking bird with a bad rep! :)

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Love the colors and dappling of yellow here and there.

Linda W. said...

I like the yellow accents on this bird. Nice photos!

Mama Zen said...

It is a gorgeous bird!

Adam Tilt said...

A real shame Stewart as they're a lovely looking bird.

Margaret Adamson said...

I always think this bird looks like it has 'attitude'. Thank you for linking me in.

bailey-road.com said...

Sharp-looking bird. Love those yellow patches.

Chris Rohrer said...

Love that little yellow mark behind the eye. Very interesting looking bird.

Missy George said...

Strange looking bird..Kinda crow like..Love the yellow accents..Very mysterious eyes..Super pics!!

Brian King said...

Love these guys! The yellow behind the eyes is fantastic!

mick said...

Nice photos of the Noisy Miners. I have even had them scold me and try to chase me out of their territory!

edenhills said...

It is a gorgeous bird!

Felicia said...

its a peculiar looking bird yet pretty too.

Susan (ABON) said...

Very attractive bird, love the eyes. Such a shame it has the potential to create problems for others. Fantastic shots, Stewart! Thank you for hosting!

bettyl-NZ said...

That's quite a pretty bird. It's a shame it's such a bully! But, that's just life, I guess.

CountryMouse said...

We have a different looking miner bird up here, maybe Indian? It is still a miner bird though and they are well known for being a bit of a pest everywhere no matter the type.

Breathtaking said...

Hello Stewart!:) What a cracking looking bird! Those eyes are so unusual. I's shame that they have a bad reputation.

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

A very pretty bird with the yellow eye shadow.

Irma said...

Hi Stewart,
What a beautiful bird, and what a beautiful eyes.
Perfect photographed, my compliments.
Have a nice day.
Best regards, Irma

Nathalie Santa Maria said...

Superbe cet oiseau, bravo et merci

Small City Scenes said...

What an interesting bird. Too bad it is such a nasty thing.
MB

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I love the yellow patch around his eye. So cool!!

Mary Hone said...

He is rather handsome. Too bad they are so mean.

JOY @ http://joysjotsshots.blogspot.com/ said...

Thank-you for hosting. Really enjoy checking out the bird pics everyone shares.

DeniseinVA said...

A very striking looking bird, great photos!

Wally Jones said...

Another very interesting post, Stewart! Not familiar with the species but those habits sound similar to the European Starling and House Sparrow (Passer domesticus).

As you point out, great looking bird!

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Black Jack's Carol said...

I agree, Stewart. Splendid, indeed! And wonderfully photographed! I like to trust to nature's wisdom that there is a plan that makes sense, even with some of these "sadder" stories. Many thanks for hosting! It's been a while, but always love to visit.

Phil Slade said...

That's a very interesting and informative story Stewart, and not one I had heard previously. In the survival of the fittest this species seems to be doing quite well then? Unless it meets an unwilling participant along the way.

And thanks for hosting WBW again.

A Quiet Corner said...

Stewart, two things. First, I always thought it was a "Mina"..silly me! Second, they are so darn cute, aren't they???...:)JP

Phyllis Oller said...

This is a rather nice looking bird, sorry to hear of its reputation. Thankful for the info you give us & for hosting, Phyllis

magnoliasntea said...

Interesting bird facts and pics. Too bad they're so aggressive. Thanks for the linkup.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

There are some in the edge of tht Everglades... Probably from someone letting loose illegal pets. All the invasive species seem to thrive in this area.

diane b said...

We have lost many of our visiting birds due to this nuisance but they are cute.

marshaleith said...

A very determined looking bird...love the eyes.

Marie said...

Oh I do like him so much! He's a wonderful bird!

Sheila at WolfSongBlog.Com said...

Isn't that the sad way it works sometimes. Something so beautiful yet so destructive. It is a pretty bird!

Hannah said...

What a fascinating bird, I haven't seen them before. The colors are very unusual, I can see it being thuggish since it doesn't seem very camouflaged, the black and yellow around the eyes looks ominous.

maryaustria said...

That is a beautiful bird. I have never seen it before... Gorgeous shots!