Coconut Lorikeet

To: "John Leonard" <>, "Birding-aus" <>
Subject: Coconut Lorikeet
From: "Mike Carter" <>
Date: Fri, 23 Aug 2013 10:20:06 +1000
Hi John, yes the birds in northern Torres Strait certainly look different.
From memory they have a shorter and therefore differently shaped tail, and
are much duller in colouration. Even the underlying pattern doesn't entirely suggest Rainbow Lorikeet. Their call is obviously a typical Lorikeet screech but how similar to Rainbow must be answered by someone with better hearing than me. They are not as vociferous as Rainbow Lorikeets in Australia. I was leading the tour there in September 2002 when attendee Richard Baxter first saw this taxon. I logged the birds as Rainbow Lorikeets considering them to be the local subspecies (as indeed they were at that time) but Richard wasn't convinced. On 29 April 2003, Richard put a long post on Birding-Aus headed 'Mystery Boigu Island Lorikeets'. Read that posting in the archives and you will appreciate how they look and behave differently.

Mike Carter
30 Canadian Bay Road
Mount Eliza  VIC 3930
Tel  (03) 9787 7136

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