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Pachycephala vanikorensis


17 cm (6¾ in)

  • White throat
  • Medium broad black breast band
  • Bright yellow underparts
  • Black upperparts with olive mantle
  • Broad fringes on wings


  • Gray cap
  • Brown olive mantle
  • Olive rump and tail
  • Mottled off-white throat
  • Brownish breast band
  • Yellow underparts

Juvenile has more rufous head and sometimes yellow on throat


Endemic to Vanikoro, Utupua, Nendo, Reef and Duff Islands. Solomon Islands


Previously listed with scientific name P. utupuae. Formerly included in Golden Whistler, and (in part) Vanuatu Whistler and Melanesian Whistler.


Clements recognizes three subspecies[1]:

  • P. v. ornata: Northern Santa Cruz Islands (Nendo, Reef Islands, and Duff Islands)
  • P. v. utupuae: Central Santa Cruz Islands (Utupua Island)
  • P. v. vanikorensis: Southern Santa Cruz Islands (Vanikoro)


Forests, including degraded forests on small islands.


Male is often solitary, female often with juvenile. Forages in all forest stories.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Christidis et al. 2018. The Howard and Moore Complete Checklist of the Birds of the World, version 4.1 (Downloadable checklist). Accessed from https://www.howardandmoore.org.
  3. Gill, F & D Donsker (Eds). 2019. IOC World Bird List (v9.2). doi : 10.14344/IOC.ML.9.2. Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  4. Boles, W., Christie, D.A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Golden Whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/59355 on 6 December 2019).
  5. Dutson, G. (2011) Birds of Melanesia, Christopher Helm, London.

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