Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Meyer's Friarbird (Philemon meyeri)


French: Polochion de Meyer German: Zwerglederkopf Spanish: Filemón de Meyer

Philemon meyeri


, 1878,

Rubi, Geelvink Bay, north-west New Guinea




Widespread in New Guinea from Bomberai Peninsula (Fakfak Mts and Kumawa Mts), and E from head of Geelvink Bay and, in S, E from Fly R.

Descriptive notes

22 cm; male 53–58 g, ­female 46–54 g. Small, rather drab and nondescript friarbird with proportionately long, moderately heavy and slightly decurved bill... read more


At times calls loudly for long periods from exposed perch high in tree. Advertising call is a short... read more


Rainforest, forest edge, swamp-forest, tall and dense secondary growth and other disturbed areas,... read more

Food and feeding

Fruit, nectar and insects. Mainly in upper canopy, at times descending to upper levels of middle stage or lower in dense secondary growth.... read more


One clutch of 2 eggs (described). No other information.


Few data. Resident at Brown R, in S New Guinea; may move locally from hill forest to lower... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Not well known. Considered generally common to abundant; e.g. abundant in Lakekamu Basin. Density in lowland rainforest near Brown R 0·2 birds... read more

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2020). Meyer's Friarbird (Philemon meyeri). 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 28 February 2020).