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Alternative names: Rano Rano Whistler; Raven's Whistler

Photo © by julienl
Lore Lindu National Park, Sulawesi, Indonesia, May 2018
Coracornis raveni


15cm (6 in)

  • Sooty black crown, hindneck and side of face
  • Dark chestnut-brown mantle and rump
  • Mostly black upperwing
  • Dark chestnut-brown lesser wing-coverts
  • Black tail
  • Sooty black to olive-grey underparts
  • Dark brownish-red iris
  • Black bill

Females are brown above, have a dark grey tail and buffy brown below with a lighter chin.
Juveniles are like females.

Similar species

Females can be confused with Yellow-flanked Whistler.


Sulawesi endemic. South East Asia: Indonesia: Greater Sundas. Locally common but uncommon in most of its range.


This is a monotypic species[1].
Often placed in genus Pachycephala.


Mountain forest at 1500 - 2200m.



Feeds on insects.
Usually seen in understorey and middle lower storey. Skulking and secretive, difficult to see.


Nothing known about breeding.


Probably a sedentary species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. 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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