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Tongan Whistler - BirdForum Opus

Pachycephala jacquinoti


17 - 18.5cm

  • Black head, chin, throat and upper breast
  • Yellow collar on hindneck connected with yellow underparts
  • Yellowish-olive upperparts
  • Blackish-brown tail
  • Black bill


  • Olive-grey crown
  • Yellowish-olive hindneck collar
  • White upper throat

Similar species

Similar to the Golden Whistler in appearance, but note black chin and throat.


Vava'u Islands Group in North Tonga.
Common in parts of its very small range.


Has been treated as a subspecies of Golden Whistler.


Understory of primary forests, although it is found in secondary forest with large trees.


Feeds on insects, takes sometimes small lizards. Mainly foraging in the undergrowth.
Breeding season from July to September. The nest is a cup made of twigs and rootlets. It's placed 4 - 5m above the ground. Lays 2 eggs.
Resident 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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