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Yellow-bellied Whistler - BirdForum Opus

Nominate subspecies
Photo by Romy Ocon
Mount Makiling, Laguna Province, Philippines, August 2004
Pachycephala philippinensis


15 - 16cm.

  • Brownish-grey crown and brownish head (crown grey in apoensis)
  • Olive-green upperparts, paler in some subspecies
  • Olive-green tail
  • White chin and throat with faint streaking
  • Dull yellow underparts
  • Washed grey olive upper breast in nominate, missing in other subspecies

Sexes similar. Juveniles have a rufous breast and belly


Endemic to the Philippines.
Common but population decreasing in some areas.


Forms a superspecies with Sulphur-bellied Whistler and Bornean Whistler.


Seven subspecies recognized[1]:

  • P. p. fallax on Calayan, northern Philippines
  • P. p. illex on Camiguin Norte, northern Philippines
  • P. p. philippinensis on Luzon and Catanduanes, northern Philippines
  • P. p. apoensis on Samar, Biliran, Leyte, Dinagat, Pujada and most of Mindanao
  • P. p. boholensis on Bohol, south-central Philippines
  • P. p. siquijorensis on Siquijor, south-central Philippines
  • P. p. basilanica on western Mindanao and Basilan, southern Philippines


Moist lowland forests and montanes. Occurs from sea-level up to 1200m.



Feeds on insects.
Usually foraging in understorey but may also be seen higher up. Joins mixed-species flocks.


Breeding recorded in February and June. The nest is an open cup made of fine roots and leaves. It's placed in the understorey, at least 3m above the ground. Lays 2 - 3 eggs.


Resident species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://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

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