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Pachycephala homeyeri

Includes: Sulu Whistler

Photo by Bobby6425
Photo taken: Alcoy, Cebu, Philippines, November, 2007


16 - 17cm.

  • upperparts rufous-brown
  • head slightly darker
  • tail reddish-brown
  • chin, throat white
  • upper breast white washed with cinnamon
  • lower breast and belly white
  • flanks and breast side cinnamon
  • bill black

Sexes alike. Juveniles have rufous edgings on wing-coverts and rectrices.


Found in the southern Philippines and on the Malayan island of Siamil. Locally common.


Forms a superspecies with Mangrove Whistler, Green-backed Whistler and Island Whistler and is sometimes considered conspecific with the first two.

Reference [4] suggests subspecies homeyeri perhaps warrants species status as "Sulu Whistler", P. homeyeri on the basis of vocal and plumage differences.


Clements recognises the following subspecies [1]:

  • P. h. winchelli: west-central Philippines from Tablas to Sibuyan, Masate, Ticao, Panay, Gigantes and Pan de Azucar to Negros
  • P. h. major: Cebu
  • P. h. homeyeri: "Sulu Whistler". Mindanao, Sulu Islands, Sanga Sanga, Bongao, Sipangkot, Sibutu, Simunul and Siamil (which belongs to Malaysia)


Moist lowland forests and montanes. Occurs from sea-level to 2000m.


Feeds on insects.
Sometimes seen in mixed flocks with other species.
Breeding recorded in September. No information about nest or clutch size.
Probably a sedentary 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
  3. Avibase
  4. Eaton, JA, B van Balen, NW Brickle, FE Rheindt 2021. Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago (Greater Sundas and Wallacea), Second Edition. Lynx Editions. ISBN978-84-16728-44-2

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