Meyer's Friarbird Philemon meyeri

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A drab, uniform brown honeyeater with a long, sharp downcurved bill that lacks any knobs. Juveniles show scaled upperparts and a yellowish throat. Singles or pairs inhabit canopy of rainforest, swamp forest, edges, and secondary growth, principally in lowlands, but also in foothills. Differs from Streak-headed Honeyeater in its larger bill, uniform brown plumage, lack of white crown streaks, and lack of pale moustache. Differs from Long-billed Honeyeater in its shorter bill and dark eyes. Gives a strident “tchew” call. Song is a series of “witch-oo” notes or “chew-hoo” phrases.

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