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Photo by James Eaton
Lompobattang Massif, Sulawesi, Indonesia, August 2004

Alternative names: Sulphur-vented Whister; Yellow-vented Whistler; Yellow-bellied Whistler; Celebes Whistler; Sulawesi Whistler; Sulawesi Mountain Whistler

Pachycephala sulfuriventer

Identification

14 - 15cm.

  • Olive brown head and upperparts
  • Paler ear-coverts and orbital regions
  • Dark brown upperwing
  • Olive-brown tail
  • White chin, throat, breast and upper belly
  • Pale brown washed breast grading to yellow on centre of belly
  • Bright yellow lower belly, undertail-coverts and thighs
  • Dark brown eye
  • Black bill

Female has paler underparts. Juveniles have a rufous tinge in plumage.

Distribution

Endemic to Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Widespread and generally common restricted-range species.

Taxonomy

Monotypic.
The proposed subspecies meridionalis from Mount Lompobattang is slightly paler but usually not accepted.
Forms a superspecies with Yellow-bellied Whistler and Bornean Whistler.

Habitat

Moist lowland forests and montanes. Found from sea-level up to 2500m, but mainly at 800 - 2500m.

Behaviour

Feeds on insects.
Usually seen foraging near the ground in understorey up to lower canopy. Joins bird-waves.
No infromation about breeding.
Resident species.

References

  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

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