Pachycephalidae – Whistlers and Allies

Australian Golden Whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis) by Ian

Australian Golden Whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis) by Ian

I will whistle for them and gather them, For I will redeem them; And they shall increase as they once increased. (Zechariah 10:8 NKJV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – PASSERIFORMES, Family – Pachycephalidae – Whistlers and Allies

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Species (58)

Crested Shriketit (Falcunculus frontatus) by Ian
Maroon-backed Whistler (Coracornis raveni) OBI
Sangihe Shrikethrush (Coracornis sanghirensis) OBI
Black Pitohui (Melanorectes nigrescens) NatlGeoStock
Olive Whistler (Pachycephala olivacea) ©WikiC
Red-lored Whistler (Pachycephala rufogularis) Worldbirds
Gilbert’s Whistler (Pachycephala inornata) by Ian
Mangrove Whistler (Pachycephala cinerea) Worldbirds
Green-backed Whistler (Pachycephala albiventris) ©WikiC
White-vented Whistler (Pachycephala homeyeri) OBI
Island Whistler (Pachycephala phaionota) ©Drawing WikiC
Rusty Whistler (Pachycephala hyperythra) Drawing WorldBirds
Brown-backed Whistler (Pachycephala modesta) IBC
Yellow-bellied Whistler (Pachycephala philippinensis) ©Drawing WikiC – Video
Sulphur-vented Whistler (Pachycephala sulfuriventer) ©Drawing WikiC
Bornean Whistler (Pachycephala hypoxantha) OBI
Vogelkop Whistler (Pachycephala meyeri) IBC
Grey Whistler (Pachycephala simplex) by Ian
Fawn-breasted Whistler (Pachycephala orpheus) Worldbirds
Sclater’s Whistler (Pachycephala soror) IBC
Rusty-breasted Whistler (Pachycephala fulvotincta) WorldBirds
Yellow-throated Whistler (Pachycephala macrorhyncha) ©Drawing WikiC
Baliem Whistler (Pachycephala balim)
Black-chinned Whistler (Pachycephala mentalis) IBC
Australian Golden Whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis) – Ian Video -Nick
Western Whistler (Pachycephala occidentalis)
Bismarck Whistler (Pachycephala citreogaster) ** Need Photo **
Oriole Whistler (Pachycephala orioloides) ©©Flickr TEDavies – Stamp  
Louisiade Whistler (Pachycephala collaris)
Rennell Whistler (Pachycephala feminina) (4.1)
Melanesian Whistle (Pachycephala chlorura) (4.1)
New Caledonia Whistler (Pachycephala caledonica) IBC
Fiji Whistler (Pachycephala vitiensis)
Temotu Whistler (Pachycephala vanikorensis)
Tongan Whistler (Pachycephala jacquinoti) Stamp – Drawing Tongaturismo
Mangrove Golden Whistler (Pachycephala melanura) by Ian
Samoan Whistler (Pachycephala flavifrons)  IBC
Hooded Whistler (Pachycephala implicata) – Sound  ** Need Photo **
Bougainville Whistler (Pachycephala richardsi) (4.4)
Bare-throated Whistler (Pachycephala nudigula) OBI
Lorentz’s Whistler (Pachycephala lorentzi) IBC
Regent Whistler (Pachycephala schlegelii) IBC – Video
Golden-backed Whistler (Pachycephala aurea) Drawing Twearth
Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris) by Ian Video by Nick
Black-headed Whistler (Pachycephala monacha) Video IBC
White-bellied Whistler (Pachycephala leucogastra) OBI
Wallacean Whistler (Pachycephala arctitorquis) IBC
Drab Whistler (Pachycephala griseonota) IBC
Cinnamon-breasted Whistler (Pachycephala johni) OBI
White-breasted Whistler (Pachycephala lanioides) by Ian
Morningbird (Pachycephala tenebrosa) ©©Margaret Sloan
White-bellied Pitohui (Pseudorectes incertus) Vireo (Mottle-breasted Pitohui)
Rusty Pitohui (Pseudorectes ferrugineus) IBC
Bower’s Shrikethrush (Colluricincla boweri) by Ian
Sooty Shrikethrush (Colluricincla umbrina) Drawing Kutilang
Little Shrikethrush (Colluricincla megarhyncha) ©WikiC
Grey Shrikethrush (Colluricincla harmonica) ©WikiC
Sandstone Shrikethrush (Colluricincla woodwardi) IBC


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Photographers or Videographers used on this page from our sidebar, Photography, are:
Ian Montgomery’s Birdway
Keith Blomerley – Videographer
Nick Talbot – Videographer

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The whistlers, shrike-thrushes and pitohuis are the c.50 species of birds from the subfamily Pachycephalinae. They are found in the ecozones of Australasia, Oceania and Indomalaya, but the vast majority of the species are found in Wallacea, New Guinea and Australia. Most genera are species-poor or monotypic, but Pachycephala (typical whistlers or thickheads) has a considerable diversity. Recent genetic evidence suggests that the Yellow-flanked Whistler actually should be considered a monotypic subfamily of the Bombycillidae. (Wikipedia)


Hooded Pitohui (pitohui dichrous) by Keith

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