Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Near Threatened

Brass's Friarbird (Philemon brassi)


French: Polochion de Brass German: Mamberamolederkopf Spanish: Filemón de Brass

Philemon brassi


, 1940,

Bernhard Camp, Idenburg River, north-west New Guinea




Upper Mamberamo Basin (Idenburg R, lower Mamberamo R, probably also Rouffaer R) and Wapoga Basin (Tirawiwa R and Logari R), in W New Guinea.

Descriptive notes

21–22 cm. Small, rather slender friarbird, with long, heavy and slightly decurved bill with no protuberance at base. Plumage is largely plain dark olive-brown above,... read more


Noisy; only vocalization described is an upslurred call note typical of genus.  


On Idenburg R, common in flooded canegrass and dense riparian secondary growth around a lagoon; on... read more

Food and feeding

Nectar, fruit and insects; one fed low down in flowering Elaeocarpus overhanging river. Not so noisy or pugnacious as P.... read more


Male with enlarged gonads in Mar. No other information.  


Presumably sedentary.  

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restrictedrange species: present in North Papuan Lowlands EBA. One of least known of New Guinean birds. No... read more

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2020). Brass's Friarbird (Philemon brassi). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 27 January 2020).