Coconut on my Rainbow

To: "'Julian Bielewicz'" <>, "'Aus Birding'" <>
Subject: Coconut on my Rainbow
From: "Mike Carter" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:23:14 +1100
I'm sure this is a typo in the BARC checklist. Coconut Lorikeet is T. 

Mike Carter, 03 9787 7136
30 Canadian Bay Road
Mount Eliza, VIC 3930, Australia  


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Julian Bielewicz
Sent: Friday, 20 February 2015 9:55 AM
To: Aus Birding
Subject: [Birding-Aus] Coconut on my Rainbow

Greetings Folks

While updating a number of birdlists for my website 
[] 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 
separate species:
Coconut       haematodus
Rainbow        moluccanus

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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