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Coconut on my Rainbow
"Julian Bielewicz" <>
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 08:55:05 +1000
While updating a number of birdlists for my website
[www.birdingsouthburnett.com] I came across the Coconut Lorikeet. It appears
to be conflicting with Rainbow Lorikeet.
The problem also exists in my computer bird journal program but I am addressing
that issue elsewhere.
It appears that only the IOC makes specific reference to the Coconut as a
Clements has the Coconut as a “group” within the Rainbow complex:
Trichoglossus haematodus [haematodus Group] Rainbow Lorikeet (Coconut)
Other consulted authorities [e.g. Lynx, Avibase, etc.] basically concur with
Which brings me to the recently released BARC list:
Trichoglossus moluccanus Coconut
Trichoglossus moluccanus Rainbow
Am I to take this as indicating that “Coconut” is merely an alternative name
for “Rainbow”; or is it considered a subspecies; or that the two having
identical scientific names is a mere oversight, a “typo”?
I would be grateful for any and all assistance in fathoming out how my Rainbows
got onto the coconut shy.
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