Re: A Question about Noisy Miners

To: David McDonald <>
Subject: Re: A Question about Noisy Miners
From: WM James Davis <>
Date: Tue, 24 Jun 1997 07:27:28 +1000 (EST)
David and any who may has info:

   Noisy Miners form colonies and are known to chase other birds that
attempt to feed within their collective territory.  I have become
interested in deteriming what triggers a NM to chase other birds and
what tiggers a NM to attack other birds sitting still on a branch of a
tree.  These are my personal observvations and tentative conclusions:

1) NM will chase practically anything that flies within their territory
including other Noisy Miners.

2) NM will chase black-and-white birds (magpies and magpir larks) but when
the B&W bird lands on a perch the NM do not attack them (there are

3) NM will readily attack crows, currawongs and birds of prey sitting on a
perch and while in flight.

At this time the number of observations is low to make any firm
conclusions such as B&W birds are partially immune to attacj when
stationary on a perch.  There are many other reasons that I can think of
why NM will attack some birds but not others, but currently, I am
interested if anyone else has notice this trend to ignore B&W birds on the
will perched.

 Cheers, Jim Davis

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