Blackall + Camooweal, Queensland

Yellow-Throated Miner

The Yellow-throated Miner (Manorina flavigula), which is also known as the Yellow-throated Honeyeater, is a medium-sized honeyeater with a length of about 25-28 centimeters. It has a distinctive yellow throat and chest, contrasting with its dark gray-brown upperparts. The wings and tail are dark gray, and the underparts are pale gray. It has a thick, curved bill and red eyes. As I cross the country on my Broome Road Trip, I am seeing these birds everywhere. These particular images were shot in Blackall and Camooweal, Queensland.

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Yellow-Throated Miner

The Yellow-throated Miner is endemic to Australia and is found in the eastern and southeastern parts of the country. Its range extends from northeastern Queensland through New South Wales, Victoria, and into southeastern South Australia.

These birds inhabit a variety of habitats, including open woodlands, forests, heathlands, and occasionally gardens and urban areas. They are adaptable and can be found in both natural and modified landscapes.

Yellow-throated Miners are social birds that usually occur in small to large groups, often numbering in the tens to hundreds of individuals. They are highly vocal and have a range of calls, including chattering, warbling, and trilling sounds. They are known for their cooperative breeding behavior, where multiple individuals within a group contribute to nest-building and raising the young.

Their diet consists of nectar, insects, spiders, and other small invertebrates. They have a brush-tipped tongue that enables them to extract nectar from flowers.

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