Yellow-throated Miner

From Dry Tropics Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search


Yellow-throated Miner, Manorina flavigula, is a medium sized bird average 25-28cm. It is known as a very sociable, noisy bird. It's forehead, chin and side of neck are tinted yellow. Black mask extends from in front to beneath the eye. Eye dark with yellow patch behind. Back, head and tail grey/brown. Tail is tipped white, yellow tinges on wing feathers. Rump is white. Underparts, pale grey with darker scalloping on breast. Bill and legs, yellow. Immature has paler markings and throat has more yellow.

Feeding Habits

Takes insects from foliage, bark or on the ground and will also take nectar.


July-December and after rain in arid areas. Nests communally. Builds an untidy cup-shaped nest of twigs and grass, lined with wool, hair and feathers in a fork or outer leaves, often in a clump of mistletoe. Lays three-to-four eggs and may have two broods in one season.

Places to Look

  • Dry open woodland
  • Grasslands
  • Flowering shrubs
  • Gardens

The Yellow-throated Miner is known to usually eat in small flocks, and can be locally nomadic.


NQ Dry Tropics gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Birdlife Townsville (formerly the Townsville Region Bird Observers Club) to the information on this page.

Yellow-throated Miner © Birdlife Townsville 2008

This is a legacy website. Content is not being updated but is kept as an archive.
Updated NRM information is now held in the NQ Dry Tropics NRM Information Portal at
while corporate information about NQ Dry Tropics is held on our main website at
NQ Dry Tropics Website