Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Grey Friarbird (Philemon kisserensis)


French: Polochion de Kisar German: Graulederkopf Spanish: Filemón de Kisar
Other common names: Kisar Friarbird

Philemon kisserensis

A. B. Meyer

, 1884,

Kisar, south Banda Sea, Lesser Sundas


Often treated as a race of P. citreogularis, and recent evidence confirms great similarity between the two in plumage and vocalizations (latter showing some divergence)#R#R; split tentatively retained meantime, pending more detailed study, especially given the resulting biogeographical anomaly within the context of this genus. Monotypic.


Kisar, Leti and Moa, off E Timor, in E Lesser Sundas.

Descriptive notes

25 cm. Rather small friarbird, with moderately long and slightly decurved bill lacking casque. Plumage is plain brownish-grey above, with narrow off-white tip of uppertail,... read more


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Status and conservation

Not assessed. Status uncertain, as generally listed as race of P. citreogularis; probably not globally threatened. Restricted-range species; present in Banda Islands... read more

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2019). Grey Friarbird (Philemon kisserensis). 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 10 December 2019).