|Little Friarbird Philemon
The Little Friarbird is distributed in northern and eastern Australia and adjacent areas of southern Papua New Guinea. It is found in forest, woodland and gardens but is usually close to water.
|It is the smallest friarbird
and the only one without a knob on its bill. The dark eye and
bare blue-grey facial skin are distinctive. The scientific name
citreogularis suggests that it should have a yellow throat
but this is only true of immature birds. Unknown to him, it was
an immature bird that John Gould had when he was describing the
species in 1836.
It has a variety of calls and, though less noisy than most of the other friarbirds, it is still quite loud.
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