The Bell Miner (Manorina melanophrys), known also as the Bellbird is a medium-sized aggressive honeyeater. The bell-like calls of the Bell Miner can be heard all over the wetlands but the Miners can be found in the trees surrounding the car-park at Cummins Lagoon. Their olive plumage makes them difficult to see but if you look hard their orange beak and feet give them away.
Bell Miners feed on lerps, the sugar houses produced by psyllid insects. The Bell Miner is able to remove the sugary lerp without damaging the psyllid, which then proceeds to reconstruct his house.
As charming as the bell-like calls sound, they are thought to be territorial calls – ‘Keep away from my lerps’.
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