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Noisy Friarbird

Philemon corniculatus


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:


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.

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60 Comments (1–25)

DanielePralong 10 years ago

Thanks for your comment Stephen! It certainly reminds me of the link between birds and dinosaurs.

StephenSolomons 10 years ago

wow, amazing, it looks like something from another age

Christiane 10 years ago

Love it... Great SOTD.. :)

DanielePralong 10 years ago

Thank you Debbie, Leanne and tomasp1!

LeanneGardner 10 years ago

Fantastic! Congratulations Daniele! Your beautiful SOTD would make a lovely painting too :)

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 10 years ago

Congratulations on SOTD Daniele, well deserved series of photos and great sound link!

DanielePralong 10 years ago

Many thanks for the last comments! For ArunSarin: Nikon D7000, Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM. 200 mm, f/9, 1/2500 sec., ISO-1600, optical stabilization on. The bird was quite restless so I increased the ISO to be able to use a fast shutter speed.

Dina 10 years ago

Great spotting and strange looking bird!

ArunSarin 10 years ago

This is an outstanding photograph, beautifully composed and timed.

What camera and lens did you use Daniele ?

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 10 years ago

Awesome spotting! Congratulations Daniele!

NuwanChathuranga 10 years ago

Congratulations Daniele!

DanielePralong 10 years ago

Thank you very much everyone!

Andrea Lim
Andrea Lim 10 years ago

Congratulations on your SOTD Daniele! Great spotting!

outsidegirl0 10 years ago

congragulations for SOTD!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 10 years ago

Fantastic shots, Daniele - Congratulations !

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 10 years ago

Congratulations, Daniele.

arlanda 10 years ago

Congratulations Daniele, awesome SOTD!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 10 years ago

Congratulations Daniele, a very cool SOTD!

ToshimiDowaki 10 years ago

Great bird, Great SOTD!

Reza Hashemizadeh
Reza Hashemizadeh 10 years ago

Congratulations on this awesome SotD !

Wild Things
Wild Things 10 years ago

Congrats on a well deserved SOTD Daniele!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 10 years ago

Real nature people know it's only the 'birds' that are loud in Australia :-)

DanielePralong 10 years ago

Thanks Karen and everyone! Not a "classical beauty" but a striking bird nevertheless. And another loud Australian :-)

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 10 years ago

Congratulations Daniele,

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 10 years ago

Congratulation Daniele.. Very nice photograph and very interesting bird.

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Casuarina, New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Mar 22, 2013
Submitted on May 19, 2013

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