Noisy Friarbird

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Noisy Friarbird, Philemon corniculatus, is a large sized bird between 31cm to 35cm. It has a bare, black head with angular knob on top of bill. They have red eyes and have long silver/white plumes on neck and breast. Their upperparts feature a brown colour, with the underparts showing a paler brown. The tail has a prominent white tip. The young Noisy Friarbirds have less distinctive beak knob, washed yellow throat and coarse pale scallops on back and chest. Their call is widely known as a raucous, loud, rollicking cackle.

Feeding Habits

Feeds on:

  • Nectar
  • Pollen
  • Various insects
  • Fruit.

Form large noisy feeding flocks, they are known as a very aggressive bird and will harass other birds in their feeding territory with their very large flock.


July-February. Nest is a large, deep open cup of bark, grass and cobwebs in outer branches, camouflaged in thick foliage. Two-to-three eggs incubated by the female.

Places to Look

  • Parks
  • Gardens
  • Open forests
  • Flowering trees
  • Shrubs in drier areas


Known to have been shot in orchards. Land clearing decreases Habitat.


NQ Dry Tropics gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Birdlife Townsville (formerly the Townsville Region Bird Observers Club) to the information on this page.

Noisy Friarbird © Birdlife Townsville 2008

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