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Sclater's Whistler - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Hill Golden Whistler

Pachycephala soror



  • Black crown and face, octogenarii more dark grey
  • Dark olive-green upperparts
  • Dusky upperwing and tail
  • White chin and throat
  • Black band across upper breast joining black of head, broad in klossi, very narrow in octogenarii
  • Yellow rest of underparts
  • Dark red to dark brown eye
  • Black bill

The female has a grey-brown crown, brown head-sides and a ill-defined yellowish-olive breastband. Juveniles have a reddish-chestnut plumage.

Similar Species

Similar to some subspecies of Golden Whistler but no range overlap.


Endemic to New Guinea.
Fairly common in parts of its range.


Five subspecies recognized:

  • P. s. soror on Vogelkop Peninsula, northwest New Guinea
  • P. s. octogenarii on Bomberai Peninsula, west New Guinea
  • P. s. klossi in mountain ranges in central New Guinea (from Weyland Mountains east to Bismarck Range) and Huon Peninsula
  • P. s. bartoni in mountains of southeast New Guinea
  • P. s. remota in the mountains of Goodenough Island (D'Entrecasteaux Archipelago) off southeast New Guinea


Moist lowland forests and montanes. Mainly found at 1000 - 2000m.


Feeds on insects.
Forages in lower and middle storey of forest. Joins bird-waves.
Breeding recorded in January and June. The nest is a small cup made of stems, leaves, moss and spider webs. It's placed 1.5 to 6m above the ground in a fork of a small tree or in a vine tangle. Lays 1 - 2 eggs.
Resident species. Some altitudinal shifts may occur.


  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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