GOLDEN WHISTLER: Pachycephala pectoralis 17 cm
- In Australia the Golden Whistler is distributed widely in forests and woodlands of the east.
In north Queensland it occurs mainly in upland rainforests.
The sulphur-yellow and olive-green body plumage, with a white throat and black head markings, make the male conspicuous.
The female is drably garbed in olive-greys and very pale yellows.
- It has a melodic ‘wi-wi-wi-wi-whit’ call, which sometimes ends with a whip-crack.
It is easily observed at Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodge.
This is a very attractive bird, the male having a bright yellow body, black face and a white 'bib'. They are found in a range of different habitats in Australia, including being common in rainforest, and are also widely found on islands throughout the tropical Pacific.
The 'Whistlers' are so named because of their fine musical whistles. Their calls are sometimes set off in reaction to another loud noise, like people yelling or a car door slamming. The scientific name for the family means 'thickhead', and they are rather short, squat birds with a round head and a short strong bill. They are found mainly in Australasia, but they also range west into tropical Asia and east into the tropical Pacific
Whistlers are small and stout birds. The males are usually colourful males, often with white bibs and darker heads. The females are usually duller. They are of course best known for their calls.
Script: Courtesy of Damon Ramsey BSc.(Zool) Biologist Guide
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