Noisy Friarbird (species: Philemon (Philemon) corniculatus) in Mares Forest NP (Gaia Guide)
Philemon (Philemon) corniculatus
Noisy Friarbird

©Charlie: Noisy Friarbird (Philemon (Philemon) corniculatus)

©Leo: A young Noisy Friarbird (Philemon (Philemon) corniculatus) showing no respect for its elders.

©Duncan McCaskill: Juvenile Noisy Friarbird (Noisy Friarbird)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Meliphagidae
Genus Philemon
Species Philemon (Philemon) corniculatus
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

It 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, which is how it came to be so named.

It can be distinguished by its rounded knob above the black bill, which is visible at distance. It has dark blue-black legs and red eyes. (Wikipedia)


  • From 31 cm to 36 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Noisy Friarbird (Philemon (Philemon) corniculatus)

Distribution and habitat preferences

It is native to southern New Guinea and eastern Australia. 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.

In New Guinea it is restricted to the Trans Fly in the south of the island where it is locally abundant. (Wikipedia)


Their diet consists of nectar, insects and fruit. (Wikipedia)

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