When people think of typical bird sounds from the bush they most likely think of Laughing Kookaburras, but there’s another bird with a very distinctive call. However, not many people are too familiar with them. Most people living in Australia will have heard their calls, but most likely haven’t seen one of the birds. I am talking about the Bell Miner (Manorina melanophrys). These birds are food specialists and live in large groups in very concentrated areas. There might be dozens of kilometers without any Bell Miner and then suddenly you stumble upon 50 of them within a 500m radius.  You can find a sample of their call HERE. They basically call non stop all day.

I never had any luck photographing this species, until recently when I discovered a good spot not far from my house. There call and their quite different look certainly make them a very unique bird.

Bell Miner (Manorina melanophrys)


Laughing kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)