Alternative names: Rano Rano Whistler; Raven's Whistler
- Coracornis raveni
15cm (6 in)
- Sooty black crown, hindneck and side of face
- Dark chestnut-brown mantle and rump
- Mostly black upperwing
- Dark chestnut-brown lesser wing-coverts
- Black tail
- Sooty black to olive-grey underparts
- Dark brownish-red iris
- Black bill
Females are brown above, have a dark grey tail and buffy brown below with a lighter chin.
Juveniles are like females.
Females can be confused with Yellow-flanked Whistler.
Mountain forest at 1500 - 2200m.
Feeds on insects.
Usually seen in understorey and middle lower storey. Skulking and secretive, difficult to see.
Nothing known about breeding.
Probably a sedentary species.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- 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
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Maroon-backed Whistler. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 4 December 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Maroon-backed_Whistler