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Sawai, North Seram, Central Maluku Regency, Maluku, Indonesia,
11 November 2013

Alternative name: Grey-necked Friarbird

Philemon subcorniculatus


  • Long dagger-like bill.
  • Gray-brown overall
  • Whitish collar
  • Pink naked skin around the eye.

Juveniles are less olive, showing some yellow feather edging above.

Similar Species

Seram Oriole lacks bare skin around the eyes and is slightly smaller and relatively shorter-tailed. Seram Friarbird has a bill that tapers to a finer tip and a crown is frequently flattened, with a peak on the nape.


Asia: Confined to the island of Seram, (southern Moluccas), endemic.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Lowlands and foothills in forest, plantations, mangroves, and sparsely wooded areas.



An explosive loud “k’PROW!” call.


  1. Clements, J. F., P. C. Rasmussen, T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, A. Spencer, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2023. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2023. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Higgins, P. J., L. Christidis, and H. Ford (2020). Seram Friarbird (Philemon subcorniculatus), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.serfri1.01

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