Three subspecies of Rainbow lorikeet (trichoglossus haematodus moluccanus)

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Clinton9
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Three subspecies of Rainbow lorikeet (trichoglossus haematodus moluccanus)

Postby Clinton9 » Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:19 pm

Hi, I had been looked for photos of three subspecies of Rainbow lorikeets (trichoglossus haematodus moluccanus),

but problem is....

How can I tell the Lake Eyre Lorikeet (trichoglossus haematodus moluccanus eyrei) and the Northern Moluccan Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus septentrionalis), from well known common Rainbow lorikeet (trichoglossus haematodus moluccanus moluccanus) ???

Please help me.
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Re: Three subspecies of Rainbow lorikeet (trichoglossus haematodus moluccanus)

Postby RussCannings » Fri Aug 30, 2019 2:17 pm

Hi Clinton,

I don't know the differences of the top of my head, but if you can't find any decisive literature on the matter and want to investigate yourself, I would recommend searching for photos based on location (aim for the core of each range), e.g. Cape York/Torres Islands, Coastal NSW, and Eyre peninsula. See if anything is obvious. I would imagine there would be some overlap though.
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Re: Three subspecies of Rainbow lorikeet (trichoglossus haematodus moluccanus)

Postby David Riddell » Sat Aug 31, 2019 9:15 am

With minimal knowledge of rainbow lorikeets, just doing a quick bit of research, there seem to be conflicting classification systems out there. Wikipedia talks about Swainson's Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus moluccanus), the Lake Eyre Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus eyrei) and the Northern Moluccan Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus septentrionalis), whereas iNaturalist has rainbow lorikeet as Trichoglossus haematodus moluccanus. There are also records (with some rather poor photos) of T. haematodus haematodus from the Moluccas (and one from nearby in West Papua), which I presume is the Northern Moluccan Lorikeet, though iNaturalist calls it the Western Coconut Lorikeet. It seems to have a deep red breast with horizontal black scaly markings. Best photo here:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/2856157

There's a photo of a captive individual here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tric ... -8a-4c.jpg

This page could be useful for tracking down more photos from specified locations:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observation ... n_id=19121

Haven't found anything on the Lake Eyre lorikeet, though this page (https://www.animal.photos/bird6/lori-rb.htm) says: "There are 2-3 subspecies: the nominal Swainson's Lorikeet (T. m. moluccanus), the Northern Moluccan (T. m. septentrionalis) and, sometimes separated, the Lake Eyre Lorikeet (T. m. eyrei), but plumage does not vary much between them. However, plumage of individual birds can vary greatly..."

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