Today I want to write about a really cool bird that I’ve seen on my holiday in north Queensland, the noisy friarbird.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These special birds grow up to 35 cm long. They are also sometimes called leatherheads because of their featherless black heads.
- As their name suggests, they are very noisy, often making their calls from the highest branches in trees to announce their territory.
- Noisy friarbirds are a member of the honeyeater family and use their long bill to eat nectar. They also use their excellent flying ability to catch insects. Some farmers consider them a pest because they also eat a lot of fruit, especially berries and grapes.
- At breeding time, they build well-hidden deep cups made out of bark and twigs wrapped in spiderweb. Both parents help to raise the chicks.
- Noisy friarbirds are very common and can be found in forests along the eastern coast of Australia and southern New Guinea.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about noisy friarbirds?