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Fawn-breasted Whistler - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Timor Whistler; Sunda Whistler

Photo by James Eaton
Camplong, West Timor, Indonesia, May 2005
Pachycephala orpheus



  • Whitish-grey forehad, lores and supercilium
  • Reddish-brown ear-coverts
  • Grey crown
  • Greenish olive-brown upperparts, dull yellow on rump and uppertail-coverts
  • Brown tail washed with yellow
  • White chin and throat
  • Light buffy fawn breast, paler flanks and belly
  • Yellow undertail-coverts
  • Dark brown eye
  • Black bill

Females are similar but have a less contrasting crown. Juveniles have some dark streaking on breast.


Found on Wetar and Timor (Indonesia and Timor-Leste).
Quite common in its range.



Clements regards this as a monotypic species [1].

Reference [3] includes subspecies compar and par of Yellow-throated Whistler under this species.

The proposed subspecies wetterensis from Wetar is usually not recognized.


Monsoon forest, scrub, secondary growth and locall mangroves. Found from sea-level up to 1200m.


Usually seen foraging in understory and middle storey.


Feeds on insects.


Juveniles seen in July and December. No other information about breeding.


A resident species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  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
  3. Eaton, JA, B van Balen, NW Brickle, FE Rheindt 2021. Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago (Greater Sundas and Wallacea), Second Edition. Lynx Editions. ISBN978-84-16728-44-2

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