Tanimbar Friarbird Philemon plumigenis

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A very large, entirely gray-brown honeyeater with a long, heavy bill that is slightly downcurved, with a sharp, pointed tip and a clear nostril. Note the patch of naked skin below the eye. Found in forest, wooded areas, mangroves, and plantations within the lowlands. Restricted to the Tanimbar Islands. Larger than Tanimbar Oriole, and also distinguished by bald facial skin, flatter crown with peaked nape, more sharply pointed bill, and prominent nostril. Gives harsh “er-er” calls in addition to rollicking oriole-like song, with repetitive “E-WITCHEW” notes.

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