Birdbath: Helmeted Friarbird

Helmeted Friarbirds (Philemon buceroides) look a bit strange, with their bare heads and knobbed beaks, but they are closely related to honeyeaters. In fact, they are much the same size and shape as the common Blue-faced Honeyeaters (seen here in a photo by Ian Montgomery), and they are almost as common in our garden. Here’s one having a bath last week.

Helmeted Friarbird on edge of birdbath, looking around
Am I alone?
Helmeted Friarbird plunging into birdbath
Plunge
Helmeted Friarbird shaking itself dry
Shake
Helmeted Friarbird scratching its head
Scratch
Helmeted Friarbird on edge of birdbath
Wet but happy

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