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Little Friarbird

Philemon citreogularis


The Little Friarbird is the smallest of the friarbirds, with a medium, curved bill with no casque (a bump, characteristic of other friarbirds) and a squared off tail when spread. It is brown-grey above, paler grey on neck and collar, with a distinctive bare blue-grey face patch, and pale greyish white below with fine white streaking on the breast. Females are slightly smaller, but otherwise similar. Young birds are browner above, with more yellowish colourings on chin and throat. It is a conspicuous and noisy bird, often chasing other honeyeaters, and is mostly seen higher up in trees.


The Little Friarbird is found near water, mainly in open forests and woodlands dominated by eucalypts. Also found in wetlands, monsoon forests, mangroves and coastal heathlands. Only extend into arid zone along waterways. Mostly tropical, but also common in semi-arid zone. It will also be seen in gardens and orchards.


Spotted feeding on Callistemon beside a petrol station.

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AliceGreenup 9 years ago

Yeah i had a go but i don't think i'd ever be able to work it out. I'll just have to go with the genus

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Sorry I wouldn't be game. There's so many cultivars these days.

AliceGreenup 9 years ago

Yeah i got really lucky with that! Mark any idea what species of Callistemon this is?

WildlifeLover 9 years ago

Wow! Looks amazing with the flowers too

AliceGreenup 9 years ago

Thanks jessica!

jessica.bissram 9 years ago

so pretty

AliceGreenup 9 years ago

Thanks shanna and daniele! I was sitting at a gas station and happened to see it out the window!

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Lovely series Alice! It looks like a painting :-)

ShannaB 9 years ago

Gorgeous series.

AliceGreenup 9 years ago

Thanks mark!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Lovely pictures Alice. A natural combination of Friarbird and Callistemon.

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Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Sep 29, 2013
Submitted on Sep 29, 2013

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