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Noisy Friarbird

Philemon corniculatus


The Noisy Friarbird is a large honeyeater with dull brownish grey upperparts and paler brown-grey underparts. Its black head is completely bald apart from tufts of feathers under the chin and along the eyebrow. It can be distinguished by its rounded knob above the black bill, which is visible at distance. It has black legs and red eyes.


The natural range is from the vicinity of Lakes Entrance and the Murray valley in Victoria, north through New South Wales and Queensland to Cape York and across New Guinea. This was ohotographed in Southern NSW where theys are seen in summer.


This is a juvenile, hand-raised friarbird. After release, they continue to come back for support feeding for a few weeks. What a face!

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LaurieAnneKing 9 years ago

What a wonderful opportunity to help rehabilitate wildlife! I am new to Australia and have quickly fallen in love with 'nature'! We have wild friarbirds on our property - I am just learning to identify them - helmeted, noisy and little! I think we even have a few pretty graceful honeyeaters too. I look forward to more of your images Steve! All the best, LA

Steve A
Steve A 9 years ago

@LaurieAnne Thanks, this photo was taken with a bridge camera (before I lashed out for a DSLR). As a wildlife rehabilitator, I get great opportunities to photograph wildlife up close during the "soft release" process.

LaurieAnneKing 9 years ago

Great photo... I would love to know what lens you used! It looks like you got pretty close with a wide angle! Brilliant! Cheers, LA

Hema 9 years ago

enjoy your pics!!

Steve A
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Steve A

New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Dec 20, 2008
Submitted on Jun 19, 2011


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