Whistlers (Pachycephalidae)

Rufous-naped Whistler (Aleadryas rufinucha) - HBW 12, p. 410

French: Siffleur à nuque rousse German: Rotnacken-Dickkopf Spanish: Silbador Nuquirrufo
Other common names: Red-naped Whistler

Taxonomy: Pachycephala rufinucha P. L. Sclater, 1874, Hatam, Arfak Mountains, Vogelkop, New Guinea.
Often placed in genus Pachycephala. Proposed race prasinonota (from Herzog Mts) regarded as inseparable from gamblei. Birds in Torricelli Mts and Adelbert Mts of uncertain racial affiliation, provisionally included in niveifrons. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • rufinucha (P. L. Sclater, 1874) - Vogelkop (Tamrau Mts, Arfak Mts), in NW New Guinea.
  • niveifrons (E. J. O. Hartert, 1930) - mountains of W, C & N New Guinea (Wandammen, Weyland, and Nassau E to Kubor and Bismarck Ranges, also Torricelli Mts and Adelbert Mts).
  • lochmia (Mayr, 1931) - Huon Peninsula (Saruwaged Mts), in NE New Guinea.
  • gamblei (Rothschild, 1897) - Herzog Mts and mountains of SE New Guinea.