Back to a more conventional WBW this week!
This bird is a Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala) and while its a rather splendid looking bird it presence is not always welcome.
The scientific name refers to both the birds large nostrils and its back head - both of which can be seen in these pictures.
What the picture does not show is that this bird is both colonial and aggressive, meaning that if a colony does become established in an area it can be very bad news for other species. This species is also had home in a range of habitats - including ones that have become somewhat degraded. All in all this leads to as species that can 'take over' isolated patches of habitat to the exclusion of other species. This is especially a problem in the fragmented habits we often find in urban or urban fringe areas.
All this is a bit of a shame really, as it is a rather splendid looking bird!
Now its your turn - and remember that all kinds, styles and levels of technique are welcome here - and I would encourage people to visit as many of the links as possible!
Last weeks WBW was the most populus (in terms of links) for a while - so feel free to invite as many birders as possible.