The Helmeted Friarbird owes its name to the bare patch of skin on top of its head. It is in fact a Honeyeater and as often the way with the family, aggressive. These birds are common throughout Mission Beach and alert the observer to their presence with raucous calls. They often travel in family groups and are commonly seen in flowering native shrubs and home gardens as well as rainforest edges.
Resident here, they can be seen and heard throughout the year.
The nest is a typical suspended cup built on a horizontal branch and defended vigorously by the parents.
Good luck and good birding
Adrian Walker aka Professor Birdbrain
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