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Green-backed Whistler - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Dave 2x
Luzon, Philippines, June 2013
Pachycephala albiventris



  • Dull olive-green crown and mantle
  • Bright olive-yellow on rump and uppertail-coverts
  • Olive-grey face and ear-coverts
  • Olive-yellow tail
  • Whitish grey chin and throat with faint grey streaks
  • Pale brownish-grey breast
  • White belly
  • Yellowish undertail-coverts
  • Dark brown eye
  • Black bill

Sexes alike, juveniles have dark brown upperparts.

Similar species

Similar to Mangrove Whistler but note grey breast and more yellowish in plumage. No range overlap.


Endemic to south-east Asia: found in the northern Philippines (Luzon and Mindoro).
Common or even abundant at some sites.



Three subspecies recognized[2]:

  • P. a. albiventris on north Luzon
  • P. a. crissalis in central and south Luzon
  • P. a. mindorensis on Mindoro

Other authorities treat this species as monotypic.[1]
Forms a superspecies with Mangrove Whistler, White-vented Whistler and Island Whistler and is sometimes considered conspecific with the first two.


Forests, found up to 2000m.



Feeds on insects.
Forages from canopy to understorey. Joins sometimes bird-waves.


Breeding season variable. No information about nest or clutch size.


Probably a sedentary species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  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. Avibase

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