Black-eared miner

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Black-eared miner
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Meliphagidae
Genus: Manorina
Species: M. melanotis
Binomial name
Manorina melanotis
(Wilson, 1911)
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Distribution of the black-eared miner

The black-eared miner (Manorina melanotis) is an endangered honeyeater endemic to mallee woodland in south-eastern Australia.

Taxonomy[edit]

It is closely related to the much more widely distributed yellow-throated miner M. flavigula and the taxonomic status of the black-eared miner is the subject of some controversy, with some researchers considering it a subspecies of M. flavigula.

Behaviour[edit]

Black-eared miners are co-operative breeders, living in colonies during the breeding season, and dispersing into the bush during non-breeding periods. Little is known of their movements during these periods.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

Sites identified by BirdLife International as being important for black-eared miner conservation are areas containing relatively intact mallee woodland in north-western Victoria and south-eastern South Australia. They comprise Murray-Sunset, Hattah and Annuello, the Riverland Mallee, and Wyperfeld, Big Desert and Ngarkat.[2]

Conservation status[edit]

Black-eared miners are listed as endangered on the Australian Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.[3]

The species' conservation status in the following Australian states follows:

  • New South Wales: Listed as "Critically Endangered" by Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 as of May 2015.[3]
  • South Australia: Listed as "Endangered" by the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 as of June 2011.[3]
  • Victoria: Listed as "Threatened" by the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act (1988) as of April 2015 and as "endangered" on the 2007 advisory list of threatened vertebrate fauna.[4][5] Under this Act, an Action Statement for the recovery and future management of this species has been prepared.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ BirdLife International (2013). "Manorina melanotis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Black-eared Miner". Important Bird Areas. BirdLife International. 2012. Archived from the original on 10 July 2007. Retrieved 2012-11-04. 
  3. ^ a b c "Manorina melanotis — Black-eared Miner". Australian Government, Department for the Environment. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  4. ^ Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment (2007). Advisory List of Threatened Vertebrate Fauna in Victoria - 2007. East Melbourne, Victoria: Department of Sustainability and Environment. p. 15. ISBN 978-1-74208-039-0. 
  5. ^ Department of Sustainability and Environment, Victoria Archived 18 July 2005 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Department of Sustainability and Environment, Victoria Archived 11 September 2006 at the Wayback Machine.

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