Whistlers (Pachycephalidae)

White-bellied Whistler (Pachycephala leucogastra) - HBW 12, p. 428

French: Siffleur à ventre blanc German: Weißbauch-Dickkopf Spanish: Silbador Ventriblanco
Other common names: Rossel Island Whistler (meeki)

Taxonomy: Pachycephala leucogastra Salvadori and D’Albertis, 1875, Mount Epa, south-east New Guinea.
Forms a superspecies with P. griseonota, P. rufiventris, P. monacha and P. arctitorquis. Sometimes regarded as conspecific with one more of these; hybridizes with P. monacha on Sogeri Plateau and in R Angabunga area (from Bereina to Mafulu). In NE New Guinea, whistlers with white belly and white throat, apparently of this species, reported from Wewak and Lumi, foothills of C North Coastal Range and East Sepik Province, but racial affiliation of these not known; further study required. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • leucogastra Salvadori & D’Albertis, 1875 - coastal SE New Guinea from Hall Sound SE to Port Moresby.
  • meeki E. J. O. Hartert, 1898 - Louisiade Archipelago (Rossel I), off SE New Guinea.

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