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Wallacean Whistler - BirdForum Opus

Male
Photo by mehdhalaouate
Yamdena island, the Tanimbars, Indonesia, August 2006

Alternative name: White-bellied Whistler (like Pachycephala leucogastra)!

Pachycephala arctitorquis

Identification

14cm.
Male:

  • Black crown, side of head and hindneck
  • Grey upperparts
  • Dark brown upperwings and tail
  • Black band on upper breast
  • White rest of underparts
  • Red-brown eye
  • Black bill

Female:

  • Pale rusty brown upperparts
  • Whitish throat
  • Rusty cream underparts with fine dark streaking

Juveniles are similar to females.

Similar species

White-bellied Whistler is very similar but has a broader black breastband, a darker grey nape and some grey on flanks. The females of both species are very different.

Distribution

Found on some islands in the Moluccas, Indonesia.
Common on Yamdena, status on other islands uncertain.

Taxonomy

Forms a superspecies with Drab Whistler, Rufous Whistler, Black-headed Whistler and White-bellied Whistler and has been considered conspecific with the latter.

Subspecies

Clements recognises the following subspecies [1]:

  • P. a. kebirensis: Roma, Damar, Moa and Babar in the Eastern Lesser Sundas
  • P. a. arctitorquis: Yamdena, Larat, Lutu and Mutu in the Tanimbar Islands
  • P. a. tianduana: Tayandu

Habitat

Moist lowland forests and mangrove forests. Also in plantations, villages and gardens.

Behaviour

Feeds on insects.
No information about breeding.
Resident species.

References

  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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