A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife
The Noisy Friarbird is a large striking Australian honeyeater, with a black head mostly bald, a knob above the black bill visible at distance, dark blue-black legs and red eyes. As the names suggests it is very noisy. It's extraordinary range of calls can be heard here: http://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Philem...
Bush near the beach.
DNA analysis has shown honeyeaters to be related to the Pardalotidae (pardalotes), Acanthizidae (Australian warblers, scrubwrens, thornbills, etc.), and Maluridae (Australian fairy-wrens) in a large Meliphagoidea superfamily. Barker, F.K.; Cibois, A.; Schikler, P.; Feinstein, J.; Cracraft, J (2004). "Phylogeny and diversification of the largest avian radiation". Proceedings Natl. Acad. Sci., USA 101 (30): 11040–11045. doi:10.1073/pnas.0401892101. PMC 503738. PMID 15263073.