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Silver-crowned Friarbird

(Philemon argenticeps)
Alternate name(s): "Silvery-crowned Friarbird"
Size: 28-32 cm
Weight: 65-105 g

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Silver-crowned Friarbird at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "argenticeps"

ADULT

Frontal view of a Silver-crowned Friarbird looking down, thereby showing its name-giving silver crown
(photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Knuckey Lagoons, Darwin, NT, July 2013]

Near-frontal view of a Silver-crowned Friarbird issuing its call; this is the bird whose calls were recorded on 9 April 2018
(photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Lake Argyle, near Kununurra, WA, April 2018]

Near-frontal view of a Silver-crowned Friarbird (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Knuckey Lagoons, Darwin, NT, July 2013]

Nosy Silver-crowned Friarbird studying the photographer (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Knuckey Lagoons, Darwin, NT, July 2013]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Near-frontal view of a Silver-crowned Friarbird; this bird has many characteristics of an adult, such as a well-developed casque ("knob"), but still shows some faint yellow on the throat and scalloping on the wing coverts, indicating that it is still a sub-adult (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Marlow's Lagoon, Palmerston, NT, December 2017]

Near-frontal view of a Silver-crowned Friarbird; this bird has many characteristics of an adult, such as a well-developed casque ("knob"), but still shows some faint yellow on the throat and scalloping on the wing coverts, indicating that it is still a sub-adult (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Marlow's Lagoon, Palmerston, NT, December 2017]

Food, Diet

Silver-crowned Friarbird feeding on the nectar of a Grevillea (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Knuckey Lagoons, Darwin, NT, July 2013]

This Silver-crowned Friarbird... (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Lake Argyle, near Kununurra, WA, April 2018]

... knows exactly where to look for water; note the conspicuous, name-giving silver crown (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Lake Argyle, near Kununurra, WA, April 2018]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

silvfry_pb_20180409.m4a argenticeps
(NE WA)
Warning/departure © PB
silvfry_20140816.mp3 argenticeps
(Darwin, NT)
Answering calls? © MD
silvfry_pb_20180414.m4a argenticeps
(Darwin, NT)
Feeding calls? © PB

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