the birds on Lombok are just another subspecies of Helmeted Friarbird, and
called Philemon buceroides neglectus. And it is not just confined to Lombok, but
also occurs on Sumbawa, Komodo, Rinca, Flores, Besar, Sumba, Lomblen, Pantar
and Alor. There is slight variation in size among the various island
groups, but not worthy of further subdivision.
main distinction, as compared to the nominate race, is that it is darker of
colour. Its voice also seems to differ somewhat.
Paul Van Gasse
Got your email from the ozark list.
I'm trying to find out something about
the Helmeted Friarbird? (phylemon buceroides) from Lombok and
one other island close by in Indonesia.
Why I'm asking is that on a recent trip to Lombok
I heard it, but was unable to see it.
I was told this bird it is endemic
to Lombok and this "other" island - In other words the claim
was that this bird is found nowhere else in the world.
Locally it is called Koakiau and I
would very much like to know if it is very similar to the
Australian Friarbirds, and just a different race ot the three (york,
gordoni and ammitophila) which we have here.
I'm aware that you are the "australian" bird
list, but am hoping you may have some affiliation with the Asian or Wallacian
Many thanks for your help