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Photographed at Batemans Bay, New South Wales, Australia.

Noisy Friarbird
Scientific name: Philemon corniculatus
Family: Meliphagidae
Order: Passeriformes
The Noisy Friarbird is a large member of the honeyeater family with a distinctive naked black head and a strong bill with a prominent casque (bump) at the base. The upperparts are dark brown to grey, the underbody is off-white, with silver-white feathers around the throat and upper breast, and the tail has a white tip. Average length is 35cm and weight 117grams.

The Noisy Friarbird differs from other friarbirds by having a completely bare black head and upper neck. It can be distinguished from the similarly sized Red Wattlebird Anthochaera carunculata when flying by its plain unstreaked upperparts, square tail with white tips, as well as the distinctive black head and bill.

The Noisy Friarbird is found in eastern and south-eastern Australia, from north-eastern Queensland to north-eastern Victoria. It is also found in southern New Guinea, preferring dry forests and eucalypt woodlands, as well as coastal scrub, heathlands and around wetlands and wet forests, and is found in most climate zones, extending into arid areas along rivers.
The Noisy Friarbird is a partial migrant in the southern part of its distribution, moving north in autumn and south in late winter.

The Noisy Friarbird eats nectar, fruit, insects and other invertebrates and sometimes eggs or baby birds. They spend most of their time feeding on nectar high up in trees, only coming down to the ground occasionally to feed on insects. They often feed in noisy flocks with other honeyeaters such as the Red Wattlebird.


Noisy Friarbirds form long-term pairs, with both parents defending the nest and surrounds. The female builds the large, deep cup-shaped nest from bark and grass, bound with spider webs, slinging it in a tree-fork. She alone incubates the eggs, but both parents feed the young, up to three weeks after fledging.
The Noisy Friarbird can be a pest of orchards and they are often found in remnant forest patches after agricultural clearing.

Edited from The Australian Museum website Birds in Backyards.


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  • Michael John
    Michael Johnabout 4 years ago

    Great capture Trish, with the flowers as well.. I haven’t seen too many of these birds before.

  • Thanks so much Michael! I had never seen one until a couple of years ago … hopefully they will continue to visit each flowering season :)

    – Trish Meyer

  • barnsis
    barnsisabout 4 years ago

    Great close up, it looks like a pretty large bird?

  • Thanks Byron! I was able to get fairly close as it was quite intent on feeding.
    They are 14 inches long and weigh 4 ounces. The light weight of birds for their size always surprises me.

    – Trish Meyer

  • Gary Kelly
    Gary Kellyabout 4 years ago

    You’re either a very patient person, Trish, or you spend a lotta time in the garden. Rather plain looking bird, but the yellow and green of the flora make the image visually quite attractive.

  • Reasonably patient and yes, I do spend quite some time in the “jungle” full of natives for the birds. I am able to predict their movements to some degree as a result of observing over time.
    Thanks for your detailed comments on the shot Gary! It is a strange looking bald-headed bird, but it has a rather beautiful chest, which I may be able to post one day …

    – Trish Meyer

  • valandsnake
    valandsnakeabout 4 years ago

    well captured Trish, great detail on the central figure of the bird and on the beautiful flowers.

  • Val, thank you so much for your lovely comments and fave!

    – Trish Meyer

  • suzyque
    suzyquealmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful capure of this bird in amongst the flowers. A beautiful crisp image.

  • Thank you so much for viewing and for your wonderful comments!

    – Trish Meyer

  • UncaDeej
    UncaDeejalmost 4 years ago

    Great catch,thats one ugly bird,never seen one before,Well done…Deej.

  • Thanks Deej!
    Not the prettiest of heads, I agree, but the chest is rather beautiful :)

    – Trish Meyer

  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsalmost 4 years ago

    Amazing capture… So beautiful.. and the colors around the bird… this is priceless.. :))))

  • Cookie, thanks so much for your enthusiastic comments and fave!

    – Trish Meyer

  • Kimberly Chadwick
    Kimberly Chadwickalmost 4 years ago

    Very cool capture! Great information to accompany the image.

  • Thanks so much for your comments Kimberly!
    The website I use has been most helpful in identifying many birds I had not previously seen … they even have an image of mine on the site :)

    – Trish Meyer

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonalmost 4 years ago

    Wow, wonderful capture Trish :)

  • Ann, thanks so much for your wonderful comments!

    – Trish Meyer

  • michellerena
    michellerenaalmost 4 years ago

    Wow, looks great with the yellow natives

  • Thanks so much Michelle for your lovely comments and fave!

    – Trish Meyer

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