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Alternative name: Yellow-throated Whistler

Pachycephala orioloides


16-19 cm.

Plumage varies, for example:

  • P. o. sanfordi has a yellow throat and entirely yellow underparts. Female with fine streaking on underparts.
  • P. o. christophori has a dark olive-green head and broad black band on breast.
  • P. p. melanoptera has a yellow throat and narrow black band on breast
  • P. o. melanonota has almost black upperparts, a yellow throat, a broad black breast band and a blackish half-moon on belly.


Solomon Islands


Sometimes considered conspecific with Golden Whistler.
Rennell Whistler was formerly included in this species.




Feeds mainly on insects and spiders.


  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. 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). 2010. IOC World Bird Names (version 2.7). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.

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