Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-throated Miner (Manorina flavigula)


French: Méliphage à cou jaune German: Gelbstirn-Schwatzvogel Spanish: Mielero goligualdo

Myzantha flavigula


, 1840,

Namoi River, New South Wales, Australia


Often treated as conspecific with M. melanotis (which see). Occasionally hybridizes with M. melanocephala. Darker race obscura has sometimes been regarded as a separate species. Races intergrade where they meet. Other proposed races include clelandi (Broome Hill, in S Western Australia), included in obscura; casuarina (Mt Casuarina, in N Western Australia) and alligator (Alligator R, in Northern Territory), both included in lutea; and pallida (Musgrave Ranges of C Australia), synonymized with wayensis. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. f. melvillensis (Mathews, 1912) – Melville I and Bathurst I (Northern Territory).
  • M. f. lutea (Gould, 1840) – N Western Australia (Kimberley Division, including some coastal islands) and N Northern Territory (E to W Arnhem Land) S to eucalypt–acacia transition zone (c. 20° S).
  • M. f. wayensis (Mathews, 1912) – most of inland Australia from Western Australia and Northern Territory (S of Kimberley Division and Arnhem Land and, in S, NW of inner Wheatbelt) E to Murray–Darling Basin (N of Flinders–Grey Ranges) and S of E Gulf of Carpentaria.
  • M. f. obscura (Gould, 1841) – SW Western Australia from N Swan coastal plain S through inner Wheatbelt to Esperance district (mainly absent from far SW corner).
  • M. f. flavigula (Gould, 1840) – inland E Australia (W of Great Divide) from Queensland (SE Gulf of Carpentaria and base of Cape York Peninsula E to near Townsville), S to South Australia (S to Flinders Ranges and Adelaide Plains) and NW Victoria.
  • Descriptive notes

    22–28 cm; 55 g. Nominate race has olive-yellow forehead merging into grey on crown, hindneck and side of neck, with fine whitish scaling on hindneck and side of neck... read more


    Noisy, but repertoire unstudied. Calls include monosyllabic screams, squeaks and squawks in alarm (... read more


    Nearly all wooded habitats, particularly Acacia woodlands and shrublands and open eucalypt... read more

    Food and feeding

    Primarily invertebrates, nectar (frequently of Eucalyptus), occasionally fruit, e.g. of mistletoe (Loranthaceae), Rhagodia... read more


    Over entire range recorded in all months, with apparent peak late winter to summer, and concentrated in spring and early summer, most... read more


    Resident. Said to be less sedentary than other miners, with some movements or changes in abundance... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common but somewhat patchily distributed, e.g. largely absent from Simpson Desert regions (in C Australia) and from Great Sandy Desert (in N Western... read more

    Recommended citation

    Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2020). Yellow-throated Miner (Manorina flavigula). 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 27 January 2020).