Noisy Friarbird (Philemon corniculatus): is also known as the Leatherhead and is the most unusual looking bird that visits Yallaroo.
The Noisy Friarbird is a large honeyeater with an unusual bare head. There is a distinctive knob on the beak and a ruff of cream feathers cover the neck. White tail tips are visible in flight.
There are two other “knob-billed” Friarbirds but their heads are partly feathered.
Noisy Friarbirds are found throughout the mainland of eastern
Good rain in the late winter and spring of 2005 triggered a mass flowering of our Callistemons and Calothamnus plants. Noisy Friarbirds arrived in large numbers to avail themselves of the feast of nectar.
They are very aggressive and do not accept the presence of other birds in their territory. This is particularly the case with smaller birds. Fortunately, due to our dense plantings, they had little impact on our smaller honeyeaters. At the slightest sign of aggression the small birds flew into the undergrowth. As well as being aggressive, Noisy Friarbirds are certainly raucous.
As our flowering finishes the Noisy Friarbirds will move onto greener (or perhaps nectar-rich) pastures. We hope to welcome them in future springs.
Their bare, knobby heads have a reptilian appearance and give weight to the theory that birds descended from the reptiles.