French: Polochion couronné German: Weißscheitel-Lederkopf Spanish: Filemón coronado
between King Sound and Port King George IV, Kimberley Division, Western Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
P. a. argenticeps
(Gould, 1840) – N Western Australia (Kimberley Division, mainly N & E of Fitzroy R, including many offshore islands) E through Top End of Northern Territory (S to upper reaches of drainage basins of Victoria, Roper, McArthur and Nicholson Rivers, and on many offshore islands, including Melville I, Groote Eylandt and Sir Edward Pellew Group) to NW Queensland (SE head of Gulf of Carpentaria and N Selwyn Range).
P. a. kempi
Mathews, 1912 – Cape York Peninsula (S to E of line from Weipa to Innisfail), in NE Queensland.
25–32 cm; male 70–106 g and female 59–88·5 g (nominate), three males 90–97 g (kempi). Medium-sized tropical friarbird with robust,... read more
Very noisy, calls and song described as harsh and discordant warbles, squawks and guttural croaking... read more
Mostly open tropical Eucalyptus forests and woodlands, sometimes also with paperbarks (... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly nectar, from wide variety of plants; also invertebrates (insects, spiders), as well as fruit (especially figs) and some seeds.... read more
Season Sept–Mar, rarely Jul (nominate); peak around Darwin (Northern Territory) in Sept, after peak of nectar production in woodlands... read more
Apparently resident, or partly so, combined with at least local movements. While widely described... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common. No estimates of total population. At various sites in Northern Territory, recorded densities of 0·05–3·93 birds/ha. Range... read more
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