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Alisterus amboinensis
Photo by mehdhalaouate
Buru Is, Indonesia


~38 cm. Head and underparts are red. Most races have green wings and an orange-red upper mandible, but ssp. hypophonius (from Halmahera) has blue wings and ssp. buruensis has an all-black bill.


Moluccas, Sula Island, and New Guinea



  • A. a. hypophonius on Halmahera I. (n Moluccas)
  • A. a. sulaensis on Sula Islands (Taliabu, Seho and Mangole)
  • A. a. versicolor on Peleng I. (Banggai Islands)
  • A. a. buruensis on Buru (s Moluccas)
  • A. a. amboinensis on S Moluccas (Boano, Ambon and Seram)
  • A. a. dorsalis on W Papuan islands and nw New Guinea




Diet includes acorns, berries, hard fruit and tree-buds.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.

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