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Pachycephala vitiensis

Includes White-throated Whistler


16-19 cm

  • Yellow throat




Sometimes regarded conspecific with Golden Whistler.


There are 10 subspecies, formerly split into two species by Gill and Donsker[3]:

  • Fiji Whistler
  • P. v. bella on Vatu Vara Island
  • P. v. koroana on Karo Island
  • P. v. torquata on Taveuni Island
  • P. v. aurantiiventris on Yanganga and Vanua Levu Islands (except southeast)
  • P. v. ambigua on southeast Vanua Levu, Rabi and Kioa
  • P. v. optata on southeast Viti Levu and Ovalau
  • P. v. graeffii on Waya and Viti Levu Islands
  • White-throated Whistler
  • P. v. kandavensis: Kandavu Islands (Fiji)
  • P. v. lauana: Southern Lau Archipelago (Fiji)
  • P. v. vitiensis: Ngau (Fiji)

Clements[1] lumps Fiji Whistler and White-throated Whistler. The taxons utupuae and ornata have been included here by Gill and Donsker but are now placed by both authorities in Temotu Whistler.



Feeds mainly on insects and spiders.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Dickinson, EC, ed. 2003. The Howard and Moore Complete Checklist of the Birds of the World. 3rd ed., with updates to December 2007 (Corrigenda 7). Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691117010
  3. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2016. IOC World Bird Names (version 6.2). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.

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