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Yellow-throated Miner

(Manorina flavigula)
Alternate name(s): "Dusky Miner", "White-rumped Miner", "Mickey*"
Aboriginal name(s): "booer", "bilyagorong" (WA)

Size: 26-28 cm
Weight: 55-65 g

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Yellow-throated Miner at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "flavigula"

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ADULT

Full-frontal view of a Yellow-throated Miner
[Pilliga Bore Bath, near Pilliga, NSW, November 2017]

Frontal view of a Yellow-throated Miner (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[St. George, QLD, August 2018]

Near-frontal view of a Yellow-throated Miner
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, May 2012]

Near-frontal view of a Yellow-throated Miner (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[St. George, QLD, August 2018]

Near-frontal view of a Yellow-throated Miner
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, June 2012]

Near-lateral view of a Yellow-throated Miner (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[St. George, QLD, August 2018]

Lateral portrait of a Yellow-throated Miner
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, August 2010]

Lateral view of a Yellow-throated Miner studying the photographer
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, October 2017]

Close-up lateral view of a Yellow-throated Miner in an ironbark eucalypt tree
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, August 2017]

Lateral view of a Yellow-throated Miner
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, August 2010]

Dorsal view of a Yellow-throated Miner
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, August 2010]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Fledgling Yellow-throated Miner (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)

Race "wayensis"

ADULT

Frontal view of a Yellow-throated Miner (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Yulara, NT, March 2015]

Lateral view of a Yellow-throated Miner (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Boolardy Station, Murchison, WA, July 2015]

Family clan of Yellow-throated Miners (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Yulara, NT, March 2015]

Race "obscura"

ADULT

Near-frontal view of a Yellow-throated Miner (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Carramar Golf Course, Perth, WA, April 2016]

Lateral view of a Yellow-throated Miner (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Carramar Golf Course, Perth, WA, April 2016]

Near-dorsal view of a Yellow-throated Miner (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Carramar Golf Course, Perth, WA, April 2016]

Race "melvillensis"

ADULT

Distant lateral view of a Yellow-throated Miner (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Pickertaramoor, Melville Island, NT, in December 2016]

Race "lutea"

ADULT

Full-frontal view of a Yellow-throated Miner (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Lake Argyle, near Kununurra, WA, April 2018]

Frontal view of a Yellow-throated Miner (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Lake Argyle, near Kununurra, WA, April 2018]

Frontal view of a Yellow-throated Miner (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Lake Argyle, near Kununurra, WA, April 2018]

Here one can clearly see the yellow forehead of a Yellow-throated Miner, race "lutea" (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Lake Argyle, near Kununurra, WA, April 2018]

Breeding information

Breeding season: July - Jan Eggs: 3 - 4 Incubation period: 16? days Fledging age: 17? - 19? days

Given the right conditions, Yellow-throated Miners can breed any time of the year. Especially in arid inland regions their breeding cycle depends more on rainfall events than time of year.

Nest

"bungobittah", "malunna" = nest [Aboriginal]

Type: Basket Material: Twigs, grass; lined with wool and feathers Height above ground: 2 - 10? m

Yellow-throated Miner nest in a eucalypt tree
[Moree, NSW, September 2015]

Yellow-throated Miner incubating its eggs
[Moree, NSW, September 2015]

Both Yellow-throated Miner parents bringing food for their chicks
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, November 2014]

Yellow-throated Miner collecting nesting material
[Eulah Creek, NSW, September 2007]

Eggs

"boyanga", "booyanga", "derinya", "dirandil", "koomura", "ngampu", "nooluk", "pateena" = Egg; "dirundirri" = eggs [Aboriginal]; "gawu" = eggs [gamilaraay]

Size: 25 x 18 mm Colour: Light-brown, heavily speckled with mid-brown speckles Shape: Tapered oval

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Communal Mobility: Sedentary Elementary unit: Family clan

Like all species of miners, Yellow-throated Miners are highly sociable. They live in family units of up to 10 or 12 birds.

Part of a family of Yellow-throated Miners; such congregations tend to be rather noisy affairs...
[Eulah Creek, NSW, July 2011]

Family clan of Yellow-throated Miners resting high up in an eucalypt
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, June 2016]

Food, Diet

Adults: Nectar, insects Dependents: Insects Water intake: Daily

Like all Miners of the Manorina family, Yellow-throated Miners feed mostly on insects taken from leaves or bark, rather than nectar.

Yellow-throated Miner taking nectar from mistletoe
[Near Mungindi, NSW, June 2013]

Yellow-throated Miner that has caught an insect
[Eulah Creek, NSW, September 2007]

Yellow-throated Miner taking nectar from a eucalypt tree
[Eulah Creek, NSW, July 2011]

Different example of a Yellow-throated Miner taking nectar from a eucalypt tree
[Pilliga, NSW, November 2013]

This Yellow-throated Miner came to pick its feed of psyllids and lerps from the underside of a tree's leaves
[20 km South of Narrabri, NSW, May 2006]

Yellow-throated Miner taking a lerp from the underside of an eucalypt leaf (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[St. George, QLD, August 2018]

Yellow-throated Miners will happily scavenge food from humans (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Yulara, NT, March 2015]

Yellow-throated Miner with a liking for potato chips; ripple cut seems to be in favour... (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Carramar Golf Course, Perth, WA, April 2016]

Yellow-throated Miner drinking from a leaking water storage tank
[Flinders Ranges, SA, March 2008]

This Yellow-throated Miner came in for a drink from one of our bowls; the near-frontal view shows clearly both yellow throat patches (photo taken through a fence)
[Eulah Creek, NSW, July 2011]

Additional information

There is a separate page with a short description of psyllids and lerps.

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

ytminer_20140120.mp3 flavigula
(NW NSW)
Contact calls © MD
ytminer_20180516.m4a flavigula
(NW NSW)
Upset (mob) © MD
ytminer_20141109.mp3 flavigula
(NW NSW)
Begging calls? © MD

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