Noisy Friarbirds are conspicuous and active honeyeaters which are active in the outer canopy of flowering trees, especially eucalypts. They clamber about among the foliage, probing the flowers to feed on nectar, as well as gleaning lerps and manna. They also sally after flying insects. Friarbirds often associate with other larger honeyeaters such as wattlebirds, but may exclude smaller birds from profusely flowering trees. The Noisy Friarbird has a characteristically bare black head, and for this reason the species is occasionally referred to as a ‘leatherhead’.