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Birds of Australia

Common Name: Bell Miner

Scientific Name: Manorina melanophrys

Bell Miner

Bell Miner also known as a Bellbird.

Bell Miner close-up

Bell Miner close-upĀ and the lerps on the leaf he is eating.
A lerp is a protective cover of crystallized honeydew produced insects are commonly referred to as lerp insects.

Bell Miner

Bell Miners eat the sweet lerps but not the lerp insect. Due to their aggressive behavior, and high numbers, Bell Miners drive away other insectivorous birds that would otherwise help to control insect numbers, this causes die back in the trees in large areas.

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