Methods for ageing and sexing the Black-eared Miner, Manorina melanotis, and the Yellow-throated Miner, M. flavigula

Rohan H. Clarke, Rebecca L. Boulton, John G. Ewen, Emma Moysey, Michael F. Clarke

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Morphometric data on 92 Black-eared Miners and 47 Yellow-throated Miners that had been independently sexed using molecular techniques were analysed to investigate size dimorphism between the sexes. We found that both species are sexually dimorphic in size, with males being the larger sex. Discriminant analyses of morphometric data were used to develop a simple method for sexing both species in the hand. Additionally, alula shape was consistent with other methods that we applied for ageing individuals. Sex-specific size differences between Black-eared and Yellow-throated Miners detected here add further support to the contention that they represent different taxa. The application of these sexing and ageing techniques for both species of mallee miner will improve ongoing field management of the endangered Black-eared Miner.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-344
Number of pages6
JournalEmu: Austral Ornithology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2002
Externally publishedYes

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