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Bell Miner

Manorina melanophrys


Bell miners are the smallest of their genus and differ from the other three predominantly grey miner species in having olive-green plumage, darker on the wings and yellower on the belly. Bell miners are 17.5–20 cm in length. They have the characteristic yellow miner bill, which is slightly downturned. The legs are bright orange, and the bare patch behind the eye is red-orange.The crown and lores are black while the feathers in front of the eye are yellow. A dark streak runs from the corner of the bill downward giving a slight frowning appearance. Eyes are brown and mouth is yellow.


I visited the Nepean River today situated near Penrith in the outer Western Suburbs of Sydney, and this was my first ever sighting of this species which was exciting for me to see a large number. This was the only decent shot I managed to get of one of them.

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Sydney, NSW, Australia

Spotted on Jul 12, 2019
Submitted on Jul 12, 2019

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