Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Seram Friarbird (Philemon subcorniculatus)


French: Polochion de Céram German: Seramlederkopf Spanish: Filemón de Seram
Other common names: Grey-necked Friarbird

Merops subcorniculatus

Hombron and Jacquinot

, 1841,

Seram, Moluccas


See P. fuscicapillus. Monotypic.


Seram, in S Moluccas.

Descriptive notes

35 cm; four birds 172–223g. Large to very large honeyeater with rather long, decurved bill with small protuberance at base of upper mandible, and long tail with rather... read more


One of first birds to call in morning, starting before dawn and continuing until sunrise; said to... read more


Widespread, from lowland mangroves and coconut plantations on coast to primary and disturbed lower... read more

Food and feeding

Poorly known. Seen singly, in twos (possibly pairs) and small groups, mainly in upper levels of forest; noisy and conspicuous.   read more


Active nests in Aug (contents unknown). Nest built very high in tall tree. Seen to attack vigorously a pair of Moluccan Red Lories (Eos... read more


No data; presumably resident, with local movements.  

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restrictedrange species: present in Seram EBA. Widespread and very common in Seram; no estimates of population. Recorded at densities of 0·18... read more

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2020). Seram Friarbird (Philemon subcorniculatus). 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).