Philemon buceroides

Philemon buceroides (Helmeted Friarbird)

(Helmeted Friarbird)




Philemon buceroides

Common name(s)

Helmeted Friarbird, New Guniea Friarbird, Sandstone Friarbird

Main colour(s)

Grey brown




Orpheus Island Research Station




A large honey-eater, this species is readily distinguished by the grey-brown body, dark grey head with bare skin and the neck, which seems out of proportion to the body, and the gently sloping knob on the forehead. Underparts are a paler grey. Legs and feet grey, eyes with red-brown iris, bill black. Both sexes are alike.

Generally this species can be seen singly, in pairs or small flocks feeding up high foliage and blossoms. It is a active, noisy and aggressive bird but often rather shy and difficult to approach as well. They nest in a large cup of strips of bark, stems and rootlets slung from a horizonatal fork amid foliage usually at some height laying 3-4 pale-pink, spotted brown, dark-red or purple eggs.

Sites where this species can be found at OIRS

This species is commonly spotted throughout OIRS facilities, mangroves and forest areas. There is active breeding pairs, though nest location hasn’t been found.

Research that has been undertaken at OIRS


Philemon buceroides (Helmeted Friarbird) collecting nesting material