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  Golden Whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis)





Golden Whistler | Pachycephala pectoralis photo
Australian Golden Whistler in Royal National Park, New South Wales, Australia

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Golden Whistler | Pachycephala pectoralis photo
Golden Whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis) Kobble Creek, SE Queensland, Australia

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Golden Whistler | Pachycephala pectoralis photo
Female Golden Whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis) near Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

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GOLDEN WHISTLER FACTS

Description
The male Golden Whistler has olive green back and wings and bright yellow underside. The head is black with yellow collar, and throat is white with a black band between the throat and yellow chest. Females are grey above and paler below with dark brown bill and grey brown legs. Young Golden Whistlers are rufous brown becoming more like females as they mature. Adult males develop the black and yellow colours.

Size
17cm

Habitat
dense wooded habitat, from rainforest to mallee

Food
insects, spiders and other small arthropods. Also some berries

Breeding
nest is a shallow bowl, made of twigs, grass and bark, bound with spider web and lined with fine grass. The nest is built in fork in a bush or tree up to 6m above the ground. Lays 2-3 eggs

Range
northern Queensland, around coastal eastern and southern Australia, including Tasmania, to the middle of Western Australia



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Pachycephalidae
Genus:Pachycephala
Species:pectoralis
Common Name:Golden Whistler

Relatives in same Genus
  Mangrove Golden Whistler (P. melanura)
  Olive Whistler (P. olivacea)
  Rufous Whistler (P. rufiventris)
  Grey Whistler (P. simplex)