Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Bell Miner (Manorina melanophrys)


French: Méliphage à sourcils noirs German: Glockenhonigfresser Spanish: Mielero cejinegro

Turdus melanophrys


, 1801,

Nova Hollandia = region of Port Jackson, New South Wales, Australia




E & SE Australia on and E of Great Divide, from SE Queensland (S from Gympie) S to E Victoria (W as far as E Melbourne, and with isolated colony just NW of Melbourne).

Descriptive notes

c. 18·5 cm; male 24·2–45 g, female 25–33 g. Robust honeyeater (but smallest of genus). Plumage is mostly olive-green above and slightly paler... read more


Repertoire complex; 18 adult calls described (six given only by female, one only by male), many... read more


Mainly open sclerophyll forests and woodlands, and adjacent vegetation with dense shrubby... read more

Food and feeding

Diet primarily invertebrates; also nectar (usually when abundant), manna and honeydew, occasionally fruit. Invertebrates mainly insects,... read more


Breeds throughout year, with peaks in Aug and Jan–Apr and little breeding May–Jul; at two sites in Victoria recorded in all... read more


Sedentary. Colonies usually permanent, occupying sites for many years, members rarely moving beyond... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common. At Yellingbo (Victoria), recorded density of 6·4 birds/ha; at Bundoora colony, densities of 7·9–17·9 birds... read more

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2019). Bell Miner (Manorina melanophrys). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 15 December 2019).