Golden Whistler (species: Pachycephala (Pachycephala) pectoralis) in Mares Forest NP (Gaia Guide)
Pachycephala (Pachycephala) pectoralis
Golden Whistler

©David Cook: Male Golden Whistler (Pachycephala (Pachycephala) pectoralis)

©Tom Tarrant: Male Golden Whistler (Golden Whistler)

©Arthur Chapman: Female Golden Whistler - Site view
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Pachycephalidae
Genus Pachycephala
Species Pachycephala (Pachycephala) pectoralis
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

The male has a bright yellow underside and nape, olive-green back and wings, a black head and chest-band, and a white throat. A notable exception is the Norfolk Golden Whistler (P. p. xanthoprocta) where the plumage of the male is female-like. In Australia females are overall dull brownish-grey, though some have yellowish undertail coverts. In females of the Balim Whistler (P. p. balim), which is the subspecies in the Snow Mountains in the Papua Province of Indonesia, the entire underparts (except the whitish throat) are deep yellow. Both sexes have a black bill, dark legs and red-brown eyes. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 17 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

It is found in forest, woodland, mallee, mangrove and scrub in Australia (except the interior and most of the north) and in mountain forest in the Snow Mountains in the Papua Province of Indonesia. (Wikipedia)


It eats berries, insects, spiders, and other small arthropods. They usually feed alone and obtain food from the lower to middle tree level, or they may alternatively take part in mixed-species feeding flocks. (Wikipedia)

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