Coconut Lorikeet

Subject: Coconut Lorikeet
From: Frank O'Connor <>
Date: Thu, 22 Aug 2013 12:09:07 +0800

I have further googled Coconut Lorikeet, and looked up the field guides. I have just looked up HANZAB. This is of course a little dated now, but it does state a separate sub species on northern Cape York and the Torres Strait and nearby PNG. It is sub species T. h. caeruleiceps.

It looks like the IOC has split Rainbow Lorikeet (formerly about 22 sub species), but kept the common name with the Australian species T. mollucanus rather than the former nominate which is now called Coconut Lorikeet. So it appears that Coconut Lorikeet in Australia is T. h. caeruleiceps.

Frank O'Connor           Birding WA
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