- Philemon citreogularis
25–29 cms (9¾-11½ in)
- Brownish-grey above
- Paler grey on neck and collar
- A bare blue-grey face patch
- Pale greyish white below with fine white streaking on the breast.
Females are slightly smaller, but otherwise similar.
Juveniles are browner above, with yellow chin and throat
Their scientific name "citreogularis" means yellow throat but it is only the juveniles that have it.
There are 3 subspecies:
- P. c. papuensis:
- Trans-Fly savanna of southern New Guinea
- P. c. sordidus:
- P. c. citreogularis:
Four other subspecies: occidentalis, breda, carpenteriae, johnstoni are not recognised by all authorities.
Open forests, tropical and eucalypt woodlands, near rivers; swamp-woodlands; mangroves; orchards, parks, gardens.
Their diet is mainly invertebrates and nectar, also flowers, fruit and seeds. They choose shady treetops to forage in.
Both parents build the nest, a large deep open cup, which is lined with soft materials such as fine grass, always associated with water. The female alone incubates the eggs, but both parents feed the young.
In the south only as a summer breeding migrant, elsewhere somewhat nomadic.
They have a variety of calls and can be rather noisy. Their calls are not well documented.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Sept 2018)
- Birds in Backyards
- BF Member observations
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Little Friarbird. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 23 January 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Little_Friarbird