So far we're doing ok, but it's early days... still a bit of nude skin around the neck, you notice it when he's up and squawking for food, so thinking he's around 3 weeks at most. By the end of the first week he spent most of his time out of the cage and on our shoulders. It's perhaps ironic that in rural areas where wildlife could be expected to be more prevelant there are few services available to help with injured birds & other native animals whereas in cities where horrific damage has been done to natural habitats there is a relative abundance of those services. But always possible they go into shock and never recover just from the stress of being handled. As for feeding in general, there can be numerous issues with feeding native wildlife (and you have recognised some of them in your post). Hey there Moonmez, I was just wondering how the bird has been so far? Pet birds – Pet birds are often banded by breeders when they are young. Bird doing well, when I speak it jumps up and squawks for food with mouth open..,. I'll call Parks and Wildlife tomorrow (there's no office here - nearest is 85k away in Port Augusta) and see if I need a rescue permit but the Fauna Rescue people said I probably won't - and it seems P&W don't want them re released, which is a little puzzling. People often confuse miners with the introduced Common Myna, Acridotheres tristis. Good work, Lightuningbird. So. About two hours later he started chirping and eagerly accepted some food, then seemed to go to sleep normally. He lived in a small cage with perches and a cloth lined bottom in a sun warmed living room during the day and we covered the cage with a towel at night. Noisy Miner Manorina melanocephala 1 Image: Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis 2 Images: Western Scrub-jay http://www.mynahbird.org/rescue/rescue.html, Some good general info here:http://www.marathonwildbirdcenter.org/baby_birds.html, http://www.wildlifeincrisis.com/guidelines/index.htm, http://www.dailypuppy.com/articles/how-to-care-for-baby-mynah-birds/cfb95146-f4f1-28b4-805a-f24c40963b9b, http://www.ehow.co.uk/how_5818526_care-baby-mynah-birds.html. Both have yellow bills, legs and bare eye skin, but the Common Myna is brown with a black head and in flight it shows large white wing patches. Nice to have someone with knowledge on board ...always welcome Do we release her in a completely different noisy miner habitat away from people and dogs? The biggest distinction between the two types of birds is that Mynah birds are tropical, while starlings are not. It was found hiding under a car in a carport in a suburban home. The cockroaches were easy, there's a spot here where there's plenty. It is a serious offence to harm noisy miners. My sense is that an injured bird has more chance of survival if it's fed what it would naturally feed on or be fed by its parents. Not too hard once you get used to it. I'm guessing it's somewhere between 2 - 3 weeks old so we either look after it or let it die. The Noisy Miner Manorina melanocephala is a predominantly grey nectar-feeding bird indigenous to Australia. Seems to have shaken it off. The idea of protecting it from the ravages of human inventions & some of those who drive them until it can fly is appropriate. Don't have any of the Wombaroo specialty stuff, I'll check the supermarkets and the fodder store, but if I can't get it, what substitutes would work. I certainly take the point expressed in another post on this thread that feeding injured birds with what we humans think they need may not be at all helfpul &, in fact, could be quite disastrous. Not much 'woodland' around here lol. Probably call it Spitfire - a small fighting aircraft lol. The name is well suited as the common calls are uttered repeatedly by the members of the colony. Although both species have similar common names, the Noisy Miner is actually a native honeyeater. Thanks mate. May karma bless you. Also be very careful in relocating this species, they've been known to kill liberated birds which originated from other colonies and were released into other colonies' territories almost instantaneously... might be a tricky situation given the seemingly exceptionally hazardous environment in which this individual was collected... i do a lot of driving and this species is one of the commonest roadkills (mind you it's one of the commonest local birds).. interestingly Common Mynas seemingly succumb only occasionally. DO NOT feed him/her water. i wouldn't be surprised if it was getting a hard time from members of its own species prior to capture as well, something which seems to occur regularly. But to be fair one of our Cats we've had for 17 years and the other for 4 so it's more like they've been here longer and I don't like the chances of re-homing a 17 year old cat, even tho she moves like a kitten if she sees the Bird. The Tasmanianrace has a more intense yellow panel in the wing, and a broader white tip to the tail. Gone back to sleep now. SWOOPING birds are out in force during spring, and no one is safe — not even Dana, the cattle dog kelpie cross. Just kept him warm after that. The Indian Myna (Acridotheres tristis) — also known as the Indian Mynah or Common Myna — is an introduced species and is a chocolate-brown bird with a black head. Of course, where birds have been hit by trucks, skateboards & other human devices there is a case for intervention but, being a long way from a wildlife carer, you would find it difficult to get help. The noisy miner (Manorina melanocephala), also known as the mickey bird or soldier bird, is a native Australian bird and is protected under State Wildlife Legislation (Nature Conservation Act 1992). We have notified Wildlife Victoria about her but as she is not fit for release they would just have euthanized her, we could not see any point any putting down an otherwise healthy little being who can live a happy healthy life in Captivity and we have a letter from the Avian Vet agreeing to this. General information...note that the common term is Myna, whereas the Australian bird is the Miner. Introduced at Melbourne from south-east Asia between 1862 and 1872, it established quickly, with several other introductions occurring until the 1950’s. Clearly that's not an option - we're not experienced with hand raising but we'll do the best we can, at worst it has a non zero chance of surviving and we'll keep it assuming it survives to adulthood. Back on the 29th of December we found a fledgling Noisy Miner at our local park, a popular park in Suburban Caulfield Victoria for people, dogs (off leash) and lots of Noisy Miners (amongst other birds), we figure she was about 11 days old (we call her she but who knows?). We're using the cotton bud method described above, seems to work ok but happy to listen to expert advice. They attack seed-eating crested pigeons. The introduced common Indian myna (Acridotheres tristis) lives in large noisy groups. I wonder if Fluff will eventually leave and join a wild miner group. We have had her assessed by an Avian Vet who asses her as not fit for release, the leg does not cause her any pain it just makes her a bit awkward. That makes her about 2 months old now. Noisy Miner is a good name for them, because of the repetitive noisy chirping they make, especially when there are young miners around. Banded parrots will almost always be pet birds and they should be taken to a local vet or the RSPCA. Mynas have yellow feet and chocolate plumage whereas miners have flesh-coloured feet and their plumage is mostly grey. Efforts are being made to eradicate Indian Mynahs in many parts of Australia. it is the usual recommendation to refer to a licensed wildlife and bird carer. can I ask what suburb and state that you are in? www.birdsinbackyards.net/files/forum/geoffr1956/images/2015-10-30%2020.06.58_0.jpg. The Noisy Miner usually feeds in large groups on nectar, fruits and insects. My electric costs going into the year were .071kw/hr. Java Hill mynah’s are the larger of the two and are notable for having a clearer, more human-like voice. The solution to the problem, in my view, is to carefully restore the understorey by planting the species which were destroyed. Very occasionally they will eat small reptiles and amphibians. It is identified by its mostly grey body and black crown and cheeks. The name is well suited as the common calls are uttered repeatedly by the members of the colony. This guy looks like he just needs a break, maybe a week in the cage and we will try letting him go then. She’s learned how to fight by play fighting with our poodle where she usually wins. Never force them to drink water. BUT we have 2 cats who we constantly have to be vigilent about, she likes to be free flying around the house so we are seriously looking to re-home her. Never done this before with birds. The pulverised dry dog food with baby food and hard boiled egg yolk mixed in, interspersed with a freshly killed roach seems to be working fine so far. NOISY MINER (Manorina melanocephala) Native bird • Indian Mynas are sometimes confused with the native Noisy Miner. I take it you haven't thought of re-homing the cats, Moonmez. I have contacted wildlife carers of south east QLD and let them know we have him. Then got out the tweezers and stared to de-dug. We’ve been trying now for about 2.5 weeks to release her back at the park (about 1km away from home). Baby mynah birds, like countless other types of birds, often are found fluttering on the ground. Many humans feel the need to rescue what seems to be a >helpless creature but in many cases intervention interferes with nature's processes to the detriment of species. If anyone can come up with some suggestions of what we should do next or anywhere she could go and be safe we would be truly grateful. So far we've used, a bit of honey and water to start, which perked it up quite a bit, we are currently feeding it some baby food (fruit based) insects (small cockroaches) whenever it seems to be demanding food (varies a bit - usually several times over about a half hour or so then it goes to sleep a while.) theoasisproduction ...... my sister recently saved a baby miner from a cat an when she contacted the wildlife carer in her area she was told they could not take it atm I saw your post which is months old now but hoping you will see this msg as we need to rehome this gorgeous young bird pls contact me if you see this msg..... Is this a Noisy Miner or an Indian Mynah, mjoy? This equates to a payout of about .005 BTC every 7-8 days. Well, sorry, but I live in a country town in SA and my first thought was to contact fauna rescue. My sense is that an injured bird has more chance of survival if it's fed >what it would naturally feed on or be fed by its parents. As I understand it they eat nectar, fruit and insects, so we're emulating that as much as possible. to feeding them entirely the wrong sort of food. Very occasionally they will eat small reptiles and amphibians. Guess I'm adopted lol. Hungry little bloke. Ours is a busy suburban area with very busy roads. In many areas Noisy Miners dominate landscapes & are regarded as a pest. Must have be flying around a lot, I simply cept an eye on it until it recovered. Yesterday I can across a yong musk lorikeet at school, it was extremely tired. It is identified by its mostly grey body and black crown and cheeks. Readers' letters and columns also appear online at newsminer.com… I have had one since oct , hes grown up a beauty , he sleeps inside at night but has freedom to leave and fly around outside , he rather likes it inside the house actually and has a close bond with me , when I talk to him he fluffs up and chirps softly , funny and curious hes not leaving any time soon I think, they are a highly social bird, i wonder if it has imprinted on you. They enjoy nectar (of course), fruit and the occasional insect. But good on you anyway for having a go. Spitfire, a very fitting name for a noisy miner. This miner is a grey bird, with a black head, orange-yellow beak and feet, a distinctive yellow patch behind the eye, and white tips on the tail feathers. In Bedrock Edition, turtles spawn in groups of 2-6, at light level 7 or higher, at altitude 60-67. I have been feeding it earwigs are they good for them. It is aggressive enough to frighten away cats and other predators, but timid enough to be frightened of humans. That is puzzling if it is the case. Have you seen any parent Noisy Miners into whose care you might eventually release this young one? We're lucky so far. Even then there's no guarantee it will survive in a suburban landscape (using the word "landscape" as loosely as possible). Certainly perked right up now. The Noisy Miner ( Manorina melanocephala) is a bird common to the eastern and southern states of Australia. I can't say it enough...if you don't know exactly what to feed a bird or an animal then go Google it and find out. The Noisy Miner is predominantly grey, and is a native to Australia. Mynah’s do well on their own, but a pair is also acceptable. She was on the ground for any passing dog to gobble, we tried to put her back in a tree and hung around for her family to take care of her but they’d cleared off, we took her home half expecting her to not last the night even though at 1st she did not appear to have any injuries. Noisy Miners are found in woodlands and open forests. The foot doesn’t open up to perch and the knee cant support weight, aside from that it does not appear to give her any discomfort, just more annoying than anything, she now flies around the house really well at great speed and agility, landing with her one foot, sometimes hanging upside down (as they do) perching on light fittings, picture rails, the dog, us, anything she can. 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Getting to the stage I just have to speak and he's up and begging for food lol. When our Aussie Miner was a baby we placed a tiny amount of food on a cotton bud and the bird would open his beak and suck the food off the cotton bud. BIBY would prefer that people create bird-friendly gardens where birds can forage for food naturally. It is often confused with the native noisy miner (Manorina melanocephala), as both have a yellow beak and eye patch. Um, no, not this time. I would have gone for a late night high speed drive on a straight back raod with the lights on high beam. No joy, no 'wildlife carers' (dunno about licensed or otherwise) but none here at all. We found him squashed on the road the next day. When he could flutter but not fly we let him wander about on our garden blacony and as he got older and did learn to fly he would (and still does) divide his time between out garden and our house. In this sound file Adult Pied Butcherbird singing in the rain incorporating mimicry of other species, a pied butcherbird has included the vocals of the eastern koel, laughing kookaburra, noisy miner, rainbow lorikeet, local pet African lovebirds and sun conure, and even a dog barking. The Noisy Miner is identified by its mostly grey body and black crown and cheeks. She is hindered by her leg so maybe her only safe life is one in an aviary? Would have never thought to put that food mix together. Anyone who has been through a similar situation with a hand-reared bird and has successfully released then please help with your advice. The last native bird we found the vet said 'put him back where you found him' so we did. They mob waterbirds—fish eaters that are not competing for the miners' food. We discovered after having her a couple of days that the reason she must have been rejected by her family was that she had an injured leg, maybe from birth? The female constructs the nest and incubates the eggs alone, but both sexes will care for and feed the young birds. I discussed her with someone from Wildlife Vic and they said to teach her how to catch insects and then soft release her back to the park where we found her. Thank you for saving the baby miner's life and enjoy the time with him/her. Noisy miners mob birds of all sizes, not just potential predators. I do hear and see the parents in the visinity, but this bird has been stuck in my yard all day. he has a very tender side and has not swooped us or attacked our dashund, he is rather lovely and affectionate . So..  Any way, a fighter... Spitfire being my favourite... so... As to the recipe, I can't take the credit, one of several for these I found on the net - Google is your friend. He’s going well, just wondering if anyone can tell me how old he is and what are the chances of us teaching him how to search for food himself when he is a bit bigger? Amazing how demanding a chick can be. We fed our bird Meal Worms off the end of a pair of stamp pliers, the sharp ends sanded blunt to protect the birds mouth. I think you will find that is an ongoing education matter.... there is always a newcomer that thinks they are the same! That's what we've done to date. Hope all your animals get along well:). you seem to have done quite well - maybe too well- with the domestication though, it shows how social this species is. Found on a Friday night so no vets either and my understanding is they'll direct me to Parks and Wildlife - who Fauna Rescue tell me don't want Noisy Miners released to the wild if rescued - it seems they are considered a pest for some reason (no idea why). Never feed them bread or sugar...in fact if you're not 100% certain of what you should feed them then for heavens sake do a Google search and find out. Imjagine some a copper pulling along side  finding me doing that. They are Honeyeaters and one of their main foods is nectar from flowers, though they eat a variety of other foods. On the other-hand Greater Indian Hill mynahs are known to be easier to handle. The Insectovore we mix with the Nectorvore and a bit of fruit baby food and serve slightly wet/mushy but not dripping in water. Really most people would walk past and do nothing, and perhaps what small percentage of them who may help might loose interest after finding it a noisy miner. The noisy miner (Manorina melanocephala), also known as the mickey bird or soldier bird, is a native Australian bird and is protected under State Wildlife Legislation (Nature Conservation Act 1992).It is a serious offence to harm noisy miners. He can't fly at the moment, I don't know why. Finch or Insectivore rearing food mixed with Lorikeet and Honeyeater feed sustains them well, though they will generally try to eat anything offered'. Especially care and feeding. However, this bird seems perfectly happy to be handled .. perches on a finger to be fed happily and transfers to a perch in the old canary cage just fine. • The native Noisy Miner is a honeyeater with a much more limited diet. Yes birdie is correct. They are a feral pest which successfully dominates many Australian landscapes at the expense of Australian bird species. We used a fresh cotton bud every thrid time to avoid loose strands getting into the baby'south. Hi Geoff. sorry not sure what would be the appropriate course of action. Most pet shops sell Meal Worms..these are an excellent baby Myna food, but contain a lot of fat and should be given as an occassional treat to an adult bird. It can't fly (no tail feathers yet). We also used Lorikeet rearing and condition food powder by Avione. http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/caulfield-south/birds/ziggy-the-noisy-miner-is-looking-for-the-best-home-ever-very-tame/1105726789. And a marvelous bit of engineering as well. It would be awesome if anyone else has a Noisy Miner in Captivity that we could gradually introduce them and they could keep each other company, at the moment we are her colony. The noisy miner (Manorina melanocephala) is a bird in the honeyeater family, Meliphagidae, and is endemic to eastern and southeastern Australia. Earwig might be too tough for little baby. For the sake of Australian birds please dispose of this individual humanely. Does it have feather? Mynah birds are part of the same family of birds -- Sturnidae -- that includes starlings. I always had the idea that he would leave that the species aggressive Nature would be ingrained in his dna . This provides habitat for a far greater range of bird species & reduces the Noisy Miner to a normal part of the biodiversity. Personally I've hand reared noisy miners in the past, besides being extremely loud, they're actually very smart and once bonded to you, they'll stick by you for life and even try to protect you from potential harm. i have noticed especially with mé as ive been his career . :'). We’ve taken her sometimes twice a day a total of about 12 or more times for an hour or so where we take her to the same spot, not far from where we originally found her, we open her cage door at the park, walk away and call her out, she flies around for about an hour, fossicking for food on the ground or sparing with other noisy miners up in the trees but if she’s chased too much by them she comes back to us, our dog, or any other similar looking dog or person in the park, she seems to feel that people and dogs are safe and birds are scary, so it appears she’s bonded with us too much and putting her back to a place even though it’s where she’s from originally but because its heavily populated with people and dogs, when we are not there she’ll end up landing on the wrong dog or person and come to harm. How long does it take for such a bird to learn to fly. Thought we'd lost him this morning. The thing is he is stuck in my yard as it can't fly very far. The food paste goes on the end of a cotton bud - keep it fairly wet so he's hydrated and he just grabs it and sucks it off quite readily. Doesn't take long and the animal will thank you for it by remaining alive and healthy. Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds, Volume 5 {(Tyrant-flycatchers} to Chats). The Noisy Miner is mostly grey. In any case I would have recommended that, although you would find it difficult to return the bird to its nest, you leave the bird where it is & allow it to await attention from its parent or parents. I have dogs that I have been keeping in all day, but tomorrow I have to go to work and afraid the dogs may catch the bird. Noisy miner swoops on dogs at Rymill Park. I wonder if ziggy will bond successfully with a new owner, they seem to have very close attachments. Some of the sites above list the same things, but that's good because it shows they're all on the same track to correct feeding technique. There is a wealth of information already available on the Internet via a Google search that lists quite cleary the do's and don't's of feeding myna bird chicks/fledglings up to young and adult. Not sure what the parent birds were doing, but there was no sign of anything nearby except a few topknot pigeons and some piping shrikes. Down, depressed, mucky eyes, wouldn't eat, pretty much one the way out. Bird is doing well and eating well. Looks like you & the bird are doing well, Geoff. She’s become a very loved member of our family but this is no life for a wild bird especially as we have 2 cats that we need to constantly keep a door between. • Noisy Miners are a protected species, and must be released if captured. Well, that's what Fauna Rescue told me. Any other advice? I think he may have had an infection, possibly lung, maybe he aspirated some of his initial feed of water and honey friday night. 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