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Rusty Whistler - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Rufous-breasted Whistler; Rusty-breasted Whistler; Brownish Whistler; Red-bellied Robin-whistler

Pachycephala hyperythra



  • Dark slaty grey forehead, lores and crown
  • Dusky brown ear-coverts
  • Warm olive-brown upperparts with dusky upperwings
  • White chin, throat and malar region
  • Light rufous underparts
  • Dark brown iris
  • Black bill

Sexes alike, juveniles have rufous plumage.


Endemic to New Guinea.
Locally common.


Four subspecies recognized:

  • P. h. hyperythra in the mountains of northwest, west and east-central New Guinea
  • P. h. sepikiana in north New Guinea
  • P. h. reichenowi on Huon Peninsula in northeast New Guinea
  • P. h. salvadorii in southeast New Guinea


Forest, mainly at 400 - 1200m. Replaced by Grey Whistler in the lowlands and by Sclater's Whistler higher up but with overlap.


Feeds on insects. Forages mainly in lower storey and undergrowth.
Breeding recorded in November. The nest is a large cup made of ferns, tendrils and moss. Lays 2 eggs.
Probably a sedentary species.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  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

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