This fact sheet summarises backgroundinformation about the Black-earedMiner (
The Black-eared Miner is one o ourspecies o medium-sized, colonialhoneyeaters in this genus. Aside rom theblack ace ‘mask’, the main characteristicsthat distinguish this species rom othermembers o the genus are its dark rumpand tail and shorter wings, tail and legs.
Historically, the Black-eared Miner wasdistributed in the Murray Mallee o
At a glance
The Black-eared Miner islisted as Endangered underthe
Environmental Protectionand Biodiversity Conservation
It is a medium sized (about20cm long) colonial honeyeaterthat is distinguished rom othermembers o the genus by itsextensive black ace ‘mask’ andan absence o pale tail tips;
The Black-eared Minerinhabits long-unburnt (>40years) mallee, usually with anunderstorey o small bushes,shrubs or Porcupine Grass(
).Victoria, South Australia and New SouthWales. However, the current distributionis much reduced in all three states. InVictoria, only six widely-dispersed colonieso hybrid birds are now known to occur.Populations occur in extensive malleeeucalypt shrublands, particularly inareas unburnt or more than 40 years.Specically, the species inhabits Shallow-sand and Chenopod Mallee respectively.
The Black-eared Miner is a colonial bird,with each colony typically containingseveral breeding pairs.
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Above: Black-eared Miner. Photo: Chris Tzaros.Above: Black-eared Miner. Photo: Chris Tzaros.