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Bare-throated Whistler - BirdForum Opus

Photo by James Eaton
Danau, Ranamese, Flores, Indonesia, June 2005

Alternative name: Lesser Sunda Whistler

Pachycephala nudigula


19.5cm. A distinctive Whistler:

  • Black head
  • Deep red bare patch on lower throat
  • Black centre of upper-breast
  • Yellowish-olive rest of underparts
  • Olive upperparts
  • Olive rump with yellowish tinge
  • Dusky brown upperwings
  • Black tail
  • Black bill

Females have a grey crown, a greyish-white throat and only a small bare patch which is usually concealed. Juveniles have a yellow throat without a bare patch.


Endemic to Sumbawa and Flores in the Lesser Sundas, Indonesia.
Common on Flores, rarer on Sumbawa.



There are 2 subspecies:

  • P. n. ilsa:
  • P. n. nudigula:


Dry and moist forests and moist montanes. At 400 - 2000m on Flores, 200 - 1730 on Sumbawa.


Feeds on insects and spiders.
Breeding season from May to July. No other information.
Resident species.


  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.
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2007. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 12: Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553422

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