5 Interesting Facts About Noisy Friarbirds

Noisy Friarbird

Here is a noisy friarbird about to make a racket

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:

  1. These special birds grow up to 35 cm long.  They are also sometimes called leatherheads because of their featherless black heads.
  2. As their name suggests, they are very noisy, often making their calls from the highest branches in trees to announce their territory.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?

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