Whistlers (Pachycephalidae)

Mangrove Whistler (Pachycephala cinerea) - HBW 12, p. 415

French: Siffleur cendré German: Schnäpperdickkopf Spanish: Silbador de Manglar
Other common names: Grey Thickhead, Grey Mangrove Flycatcher-Shrike; Philippine/Palawan Whistler (plateni)

Taxonomy: M[uscitrea] cinerea Blyth, 1847, Island of Ramree, Arakan, west Myanmar.
In recent decades this species has sometimes been referred to as P. grisola, but type of grisola apparently lost, making the name effectively unidentifiable (see page 375). Forms a superspecies with P. albiventris, P. homeyeri and P. phaionota; often treated as conspecific with first two, but differs from both in plumage. Race plateni sometimes accorded full species rank. Proposed races vandepolli (S Vietnam, Cambodia, E coasts of Malay Peninsula, Riau Archipelago, islands off W Sumatra), butaloides (Bangka, Belitung, S Borneo, Java, Kan.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: M[uscitrea] cinerea Blyth, 1847, Island of Ramree, Arakan, west Myanmar.
In recent decades this species has sometimes been referred to as P. grisola, but type of grisola apparently lost, making the name effectively unidentifiable (see page 375). Forms a superspecies with P. albiventris, P. homeyeri and P. phaionota; often treated as conspecific with first two, but differs from both in plumage. Race plateni sometimes accorded full species rank. Proposed races vandepolli (S Vietnam, Cambodia, E coasts of Malay Peninsula, Riau Archipelago, islands off W Sumatra), butaloides (Bangka, Belitung, S Borneo, Java, Kangean Is, Bali, Lombok) and secedens (N Borneo, Maratua I, Natuna Is, Karimata Is) not regarded as separable, and all merged with nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • cinerea ( Blyth, 1847) - coasts from NE India (Bay of Bengal) E, including Andaman Is, Mergui Archipelago (W Myanmar) and Langkawi I (W Malaysia), to S Vietnam (S Annam), extending inland in Cambodia (Tonal Sap area) and SW Laos, also Riau Archipelago, Sumatra and satellites (Simeulue, Nias, Batu Is, Siberut, South Pagai, Bangka, Belitung), Borneo (including Maratua I), Natuna Is, Karimata I, Java, Kangean Is, Bali and Lombok.
  • plateni ( A. W. H. Blasius, 1888) - Palawan, in W Philippines.