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P. f. fuliginosa
Photo © by peterday
Cox Scrub Conservation Park, South Australia, October 2022
P. f. occidentalis
Photo © by Maroon Jay
Cheynes Beach, Western Australia, May 2016
Pachycephala fuliginosa


16 - 19cm (6-7½ in).

  • Black head, nape and band around upper breast
  • White throat
  • Yellow nape extending to breast and underparts
  • Olive-green back
  • Grey tail broadly tipped black
  • Females have brown upperparts
P. f. fuliginosa
Photo © by peterday
Cox Scrub Conservation Park, South Australia, October 2013
P. f. occidentalis
Photo © by Dan Miller
Little Grove, Albany, Western Australia, December 2019


Southern Australia and southwestern Western Australia)
Common in most of its range.


Formerly included in Golden Whistler.


Two subspecies are recognized[1].

  • P. f. occidentalis
  • Southwestern Australia (southwestern West Australia) and western and central South Australia.
  • P. f. fuliginosa:


Very varied in the type of forest and scrub habitat acceptable, from rainforest and mangrove to gardens to dry scrub.



Feeds mainly on insects and spiders.


Breeding season is mainly August to January. The nest is a cup made of twigs, grass, plant stems and other material. It's usually placed around 3m above the ground. Lays 2 - 3 eggs. Brood parasitism by Pallid Cuckoo, Fan-tailed Cuckoo and Brush Cuckoo reported.


A resident species.


Recording © by Dan Miller
Little Grove, Albany, Western Australia, 25 December 2019


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  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  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
  3. Simpson, K and N Day. 1998. Field Guide to the Birds of Australia. London: Christopher Helm. ISBN 0-7136-4877-5
  4. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2016. IOC World Bird Names (version 6.3). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.

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