Helmeted Friarbird races in NT

To: Russ Lamb <>
Subject: Helmeted Friarbird races in NT
From: Dave Torr <>
Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2011 14:01:43 +1100
According to the Handbook of Birds of the World, gordoni is "N Northern
Territory (Tiwi Is and coastal Arnhem Land), in N Australia" and
ammitophila is "subcoastal sandstone plateaux of Arnhem Land (S to
Katherine Gorge and Mataranka), in Northern Territory."

On 10 December 2011 13:37, Russ Lamb <> wrote:

> 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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