Helmeted Friarbird races in NT

To: "BirdingAus" <>, "David James" <>
Subject: Helmeted Friarbird races in NT
From: "Russ Lamb" <>
Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2011 12:37:18 +1000
David & birding-ausers,
Wanting to be absolutely clear about what races of Helmeted Friarbird are believed to occur in the NT under the IOC classification. Am I right in thinking that Philemon buceroides gordoni ( Matthew's Melville Island friarbird) is the more widespread across the coastal Top End, and that P.b. ammitophila (? Sandstone Friarbird?) is confined to sandstone escarpments? Are they the only two races in the NT? Am I right in believing that the nominate race P. buceroides buceroides does not appear on the Australian mainland. Would be interested in peoples' views as to the relative abundance of these two races in the NT. A thorough search of my records for two visits to the Territory shows I've missed Helmeted Friarbird both times (along with White-lined H/E, but at least I was actively looking for that and knew I didn't have it!!)
          Don't you just hate it when you've missed an airchair tick.

Russ Lamb, Maleny, SEQ

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