Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

New Ireland Friarbird (Philemon eichhorni)


French: Polochion de Nouvelle-Irlande German: Neuirland-Lederkopf Spanish: Filemón de Nueva Irlanda

Philemon eichhorni

Rothschild and E. J. O. Hartert

, 1924,

hills of south-west New Ireland, Bismarck Archipelago


See P. fuscicapillus. Monotypic.


New Ireland, in N Bismarck Archipelago.

Descriptive notes

32 cm; 82–116 g. Large, dark honeyeater with long, rather heavy and decurved bill (with no protuberance at base of upper mandible). Plumage is plain dark brown to... read more


Typical song a 3-note whistled “pu-du-leet”, each note increasing in pitch. No other... read more


Montane forest, from 750 m to at least 2200 m; also said to disappear below 900 m.  

Food and feeding

No information.  


No information.  


Considered resident.  

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restrictedrange species: present in New Britain and New Ireland EBA. No estimates of global population; considered common within preferred... read more

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2020). New Ireland Friarbird (Philemon eichhorni). 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 25 February 2020).