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Little Friarbird

Philemon citreogularis


The smallest of the Friarbirds, the Little Friarbird lacks the bump on the top of its bill that the others have. They are "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." (Birdlife Australia: )


This lovely bird was going for the nectar in the flowers on this Paperbark Tree (Melaleuca sp.) that was in the water at Mankajarra Wetlands.


I have many favourite birds but the loud, talky Little Friarbird is definitely up there on the list! I have seen them chasing and being chased by other Honeyeaters, and chowing down on, what I have been told, Turpentine Mangoes alongside Red-collared Lorikeets (Trichoglossus rubritorquis).

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Western Australia, Australia

Spotted on Apr 12, 2020
Submitted on Jun 28, 2020

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