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Bird Golden Whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis)


Henry Arthur Readford
May 23, 2011
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Scientific Name: Pachycephala pectoralis

Common Name: Golden Whistler

Order: Passeriformes

Family: Pachycephalidae

Other Names: NA

Distribution: Northern Queensland, around coastal eastern and southern Australia, including Tasmania, to the middle of Western Australia.

Habitat: Wooded areas, from rainforest to mallee, but prefers the denser areas. Occasionally it visits parks and orchards.

Field Notes: Male Golden Whistler is bright yellow on the underside, olive-green on the back and wings, and black on the head with a bright yellow collar. The throat is white, separated from the yellow chest by a broad black band. The bill and legs are black. Females lack bright plumage. They are generally grey above, with a pale olive tinge, and paler grey below, with a buff wash. The bill is dark brown and the legs grey-brown. The eye is red-brown in adults of both sexes. Young Golden Whistlers are rufous. As they mature, the plumage comes to resemble that of the female other than rufous edges to some wing feathers. These are later replaced as the bird matures.
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