One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large Australasian honeyeater with a dark, partly naked head and a long curved bill.
Genus Philemon, family Meliphagidae: many species
- ‘There was a macramé hanging basket on the back veranda and the friarbirds were picking at the wool to line their nest.’
- ‘Common hosts are friarbirds, the magpie-lark, and figbirds.’
- ‘The friarbirds, commonly called ‘leatherhead’ locally, are honeyeaters with dark naked skin on their heads.’
- ‘Its golden-green upperparts and pure white underbody distinguish it from similarly sized species with similar behaviour, such as friarbirds, wattlebirds and miners.’
- ‘They will readily refurbish the nests of mudlarks and friarbirds.’
- ‘The bare-faced friarbirds are among these forest species.’
- ‘The nearby forests are home to a wide variety of species including three species of friarbirds.’
- ‘By now I've learned their loud call, which at first I thought must belong to a friarbird.’
- ‘The gray bird perched on the same dead limb that the raptor and the friarbirds had visited, and it flicked its wings as it sat there.’
- ‘However, he said noisy friarbirds, also known as leatherheads, had caused havoc this year.’
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