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Poor ugly thing - Helmeted Friarbird came visiting today.

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By Bernieh


Poor ugly thing - Helmeted Friarbird came visiting today.

The Helmeted Friarbird (Philemon buceroides) is common around here. It 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. It would never win a beauty contest!!!



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It's a funny looking thing :)))
But has its own beauty !!!

14 Aug, 2009

 

I agree with Louise1. Lovely birdie.

14 Aug, 2009

 

Poor thing, but his mum would have thought he was lovely.

14 Aug, 2009

 

I'm so jealous......not just of his looks but also the wildlife you have on your doorstep.

Great pic!!

14 Aug, 2009

 

Guess you're right Clarice - it's definitely a head only a mum would love! Thanks all.

14 Aug, 2009

 

Lol poor chap he looks top heavy
What is the purpose of the "helmet" is he a scavanger type like a mini vulture

16 Aug, 2009

 

I really don't know Neellan. It's not a scavenger at all - it eats mainly fruit, seeds and nectar with the occasional insect or lizard.

16 Aug, 2009

 

I thought with it having a bare neck it sounded a bit like a vulture

There must be a reason for both his helmet and lack of feathers or the poor birdie was just behind the door when they handed out the good looks!!

17 Aug, 2009

 

I'm envious of the variety of wildlife that you get in your garden Bernieh.

22 Aug, 2009

 

Adoronron - believe me we appreciate this place a lot. This is the first home we've lived in where we get to see such diverse wildlife and we're loving it.

22 Aug, 2009

 

It looks like a chicken with an ugly head. lol.

23 Aug, 2009

 

Have to agree Newfienurse - it looks like a rather ugly plucked chicken poor thing.

23 Aug, 2009

 

Only a mother could love him ! Bless.............

23 Aug, 2009

 

BB - I think even his mum would have to be short-sighted!

23 Aug, 2009

 

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I think he's lovely !

29 Aug, 2009



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