|I hid behind a curtain and used a long lens|
|I'm sure it will lodge a complaint|
There are two forms of figbirds in eastern Australia: the southern nominate subspecies (S. vieilloti vieilloti), in which the male has a grey and olive breast, and a northern subspecies (S. vieilloti flaviventris), a male of which is pictured above. The changeover between the two forms occurs in mid-east Queensland, around Prosperpine and Bowen.
Figbirds are Old World orioles (Oriolidae), but within that family their closest relatives are not the Australian olive-backed and yellow orioles (Oriolus sagittatus and O. flavocinctus), but the pitohuis (Pitohui dichrous, P. kirhocephalus) of New Guinea. What makes pitohuis interesting is their toxic plumage. They store toxins harvested from beetle prey in their feathers, which makes them unpalatable to predators. (Although the nasty stuff obviously doesn't help the beetles when the pitohuis are around.) I don't know if figbirds nibble on the same beetles while they're raiding fruit trees, but it's probably best not to lick a figbird's feathers all the same.That's your health tip for the day.
Jønsson, K.A. et al. (2010). Phylogeny and biogeography of Oriolidae (Aves: Passeriformes). Ecography 33: 232–241. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0587.2010.06167.x