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Photo by Chlidonias
Mt. Vaea, Upolu, Samoa, May 2013
Pachycephala flavifrons


15 - 17cm.

  • Plumage on head variable, some birds with yellow forehead and throat, others with yellow forehead and white throat
  • Yellow or white side of head
  • Dull black crown and ear-coverts
  • Dull black upperwing and tail
  • Yellow underparts
  • Dark brown eyes
  • Black bill and legs


  • Paler forehead and upperparts
  • Pale grey throat

Juveniles have dark brown upperparts and chestnut-brown underparts


Endemic to Samoa. Found on Savai'i, Nu'utele and Upolu.
Common in parts of its range. Recently rediscovered on Nu'utele.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Has been treated as a subspecies of Golden Whistler.


Moist lowland forests and montanes. Most numerous in lowland forests.


Feeds on insects.
Breeding recorded in March and August. A described nest was placed 6m above the ground in a tree-fork. No other information.
Resident species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  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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