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Alternative names: Golden-yellow Whistler; Yellow-backed Whistler

Pachycephala aurea

Identification

15 - 17cm.

  • Black crown, side of head and neck
  • Yellow back, rump and uppertail-coverts
  • Black upperwing and tail
  • Black chin and side of throat
  • White centre of throat
  • Broad black breastband
  • Yellow rest of underparts

Sexes similar. Juveniles have olive edged crown feathers and yellow upperparts with an olive wash.

Distribution

Endemic to New Guinea where found locally in the Weyland Mountains, Snow Mountains and a few other localities to the southeast.
Locally very common but distribution very patchily.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Belongs to a species group around the Golden Whistler complex.

Habitat

Found in shrubs, secondary growth, tall canegrass and other vegetation along rivers. From sea-level up to 700m, locally higher.

Behaviour

Diet

Feeds on insects. Behaviour obviously similar like Golden Whistler.

Breeding

No information about breeding.

Movements

Resident species.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. 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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