The Noisy Miner is a common buddy in many backyards in cities and towns across eastern Australia. Their noisy call can be a nuisance but there are lots of ways to manage them and enjoy their helpful behaviours.
Traditionally inhabiting open woodlands, they're also comfortable in urban places, particularly where there are tall trees, lots of nectar giving flowers, and grass but no understory.
The male birds will stay around and help the females out when they lay their eggs, and will even assist in the child rearing. This technique, combined with their varied diet have made the Noisy Miner the ultimate survivor.
Noisy Miners can be bullies and drive away other small birds. But the Noisy Miners are themselves chased away by Indian Mynas, an introduced species.
Noisy Miners can be aggressive towards other species and protect their territory by chasing animals away including finches, possums and other Noisy Miner families.
Despite this aggression, Noisy Miners do have a softer side. They are very family orientated and protective of their chicks.
Noisy Miners are also great at keeping your veggie garden pests under control. They love snacking on the bugs we don’t always want around.
You can make your neighbourhood friendlier for Noisy Miners
The Noisy Miner’s annoying habits are just their way of surviving and adapting in a changing environment. So don’t be worried if they start making a racket when they think an intruder is around—they’re just trying to keep their families safe.
Our gardens and parks can be a safe place for Noisy Miners. Simple things that you do can make a huge difference to Australia’s animals. That’s why the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife is running Backyard Buddies— to give you tips to help.
What is a backyard buddy?
Backyard buddies are the native animals that share our built-up areas, our beaches and waterways, our backyards and our parks. The Noisy Miner is a backyard buddy.
Backyard buddies are also the local people who value the living things around them, like the Noisy Miner, and are willing to protect and encourage them by doing a few simple things around their own homes.
So you can be a backyard buddy.
Be a backyard buddy
It’s easy. All you have to do is care... and take a few simple steps.
Step one is to find out what Noisy Miners do and do not like.
Noisy Miners love:
All sorts of food – such as nectar, insects, caterpillars, fruit, and seeds.
Hanging out together – usually in groups of 5 to 20. They help each other out and make a great team.
Wide open spaces – where they can keep an eye on their territory and find food easily.
But they don’t like:
Pets – who they see as threats.
Being confused – with the Indian Mynas who are brown, non-native and very aggressive.
Windows and mirrors – where they see their reflection and think it’s another bird who they need to chase away.
Be a buddy to the Noisy Miner
Don't be surprised if:
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