Whistlers (Pachycephalidae)

Regent Whistler (Pachycephala schlegelii) - HBW 12, p. 419

French: Siffleur de Schlegel German: Schlegeldickkopf Spanish: Silbador de Schlegel
Other common names: Schlegel’s Whistler

Taxonomy: Pachycephala Schlegelii Schlegel, 1871, Arfak Mountains, New Guinea.
Formerly considered conspecific with P. lorentzi, but found to occur sympatrically with that species. Both are members of a species group that includes also P. orpheus, P. nudigula, P. meyeri, P. soror, P. implicata, P. pectoralis, P. caledonica, P. jacquinoti, P. flavifrons, P. melanura and P. aurea. Racial identity of birds in Kumawa Mts (Bomberai Peninsula) and Torricelli Mts (North Coastal Range) uncertain; provisionally included in, respectively, nominate race and obscurior. Three subspecies curren.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Pachycephala Schlegelii Schlegel, 1871, Arfak Mountains, New Guinea.
Formerly considered conspecific with P. lorentzi, but found to occur sympatrically with that species. Both are members of a species group that includes also P. orpheus, P. nudigula, P. meyeri, P. soror, P. implicata, P. pectoralis, P. caledonica, P. jacquinoti, P. flavifrons, P. melanura and P. aurea. Racial identity of birds in Kumawa Mts (Bomberai Peninsula) and Torricelli Mts (North Coastal Range) uncertain; provisionally included in, respectively, nominate race and obscurior. Three subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • schlegelii Schlegel, 1871 - mountains of Vogelkop (Tamrau Mts, Arfak Mts) and Bomberai Peninsula (Kumawa Mts) and Wandammen Mts, in NW New Guinea.
  • cyclopum E. J. O. Hartert, 1930 - Cyclops Mts, in CN New Guinea.
  • obscurior E. J. O. Hartert, 1896 - mountain ranges of New Guinea E from Weyland Mts, including North Coastal Range (Torricelli Mts), Huon Peninsula (Saruwaged Mts) and SE peninsula.