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Gilbert's Whistler - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Black-lored Whistler; Red-throated Whistler; Red-throated Thickbird

Photo © by Peter Day
Hawker South Australia July 2018
Pachycephala inornata


17 - 20.5cm

  • Brownish-grey upperparts (individual variation in colours in general)
  • Black lores and red eye
  • Deep orange upper breast and throat
  • Pale grey rest of breast and abdomen
  • Buff-white undertail-coverts

Females are uniform grey above and lighter grey below with a darker breast. Juveniles have a rufous-brown breast and upperparts.

Photo by Rose Fletcher
Nangawooka Flora Reserve, Victor Harbor, South Australia, September 2007

Similar species

Similar to Red-lored Whistler but note dark lores and missing orange abdomen.


Southern parts of Australia.
Generally uncommon.


Some sources recognize two subspecies (inornata and gilbertii), others think this is a monotypic species.
Sometimes placed in genus Timixos.


Shrubby woodland and mallee.



Feeds mainly on insects, sometimes takes fruits and seeds.
Forages on or close to the ground. Beautiful song but very difficult to get close to.


Breeding season from July to December. The nest is a deep cup made of dry grass, fine twigs and strips of bark strips. It's placed 0.4 - 6m above the ground in an upright fork of a small tree or shrub. Lays 2 -3 eggs.


Nomadic in some places, but movements poorly understood.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Simpson, K and N Day. 1998. Field Guide to the Birds of Australia. London: Christopher Helm. ISBN 0-7136-4877-5
  3. 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
  4. Pizzey, G and F Knight. 1997. Field Guide to Birds of Australia. London: HarperCollins Publishers. ISBN 978-0207196911
  5. BF member personal observation

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