Whistlers (Pachycephalidae)

Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris) - HBW 12, p. 428

French: Siffleur itchong German: Schlichtmantel-Dickkopf Spanish: Silbador Rufo
Other common names: Rufous-breasted Whistler, Pale-breasted/Rufous-breasted/Northern Thickhead

Taxonomy: Sylvia rufiventris Latham, 1801, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Forms a superspecies with P. griseonota, P. leucogastra, P. monacha and P. arctitorquis; some or all of these sometimes treated as races of present species. Nominate race, falcata and pallida broadly intergrade where they meet in Australia; described races colletti (from Kimberley E in interior Northern Territory to Gulf of Carpentaria) and dulcior (N Queensland) considered intermediates, included under, respectively, falcata and pallida. Also, paler birds in C Australia sometimes separated as race maudeae, but pale c.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Sylvia rufiventris Latham, 1801, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Forms a superspecies with P. griseonota, P. leucogastra, P. monacha and P. arctitorquis; some or all of these sometimes treated as races of present species. Nominate race, falcata and pallida broadly intergrade where they meet in Australia; described races colletti (from Kimberley E in interior Northern Territory to Gulf of Carpentaria) and dulcior (N Queensland) considered intermediates, included under, respectively, falcata and pallida. Also, paler birds in C Australia sometimes separated as race maudeae, but pale coloration probably linked to hot climate and arid habitat in which they live; included with nominate. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • minor Zietz, 1914 - Bathurst I and Melville I, off Northern Territory (N Australia).
  • falcata Gould, 1843 - NW Western Australia (Kimberley area) and N third of Northern Territory.
  • pallida E. P. Ramsay, 1878 - NE Australia (Cape York Peninsula and NW Queensland).

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  • minor Zietz, 1914 - Bathurst I and Melville I, off Northern Territory (N Australia).
  • falcata Gould, 1843 - NW Western Australia (Kimberley area) and N third of Northern Territory.
  • pallida E. P. Ramsay, 1878 - NE Australia (Cape York Peninsula and NW Queensland).
  • rufiventris (Latham, 1801) - S four-fifths of mainland Australia.
  • xanthetraea (J. R. Forster, 1844) - New Caledonia.