Bird Families

Shore Whistler / Pachycephala phaionota

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Pachycephala is a genus of birds native to Oceania and Southeast Asia. They are commonly known as typical whistlers. Older guidebooks may call them fatheads, a literal translation of the generic name, which comes from the ancient Greek terms pachys "fat" + mullet "head". This lineage originated in Australia-Papua and later colonized


The Indonesian and Philippine archipelagos in the west and the Pacific archipelagos in the east. Jornson, K.A. et al. (2014) Proceedings. R. Sok. B.

Extant species

There are forty-eight types of snitches -


Olive whistle (Pachycephala olivacea)
Red Book Whistler (Pachycephala rufogularis)
Whistler Gilbert (Pachycephala inornata)
Whistler mangrove (Pachycephala cinerea)
Biak Whistler (Pachycephala melanorhyncha)
Greenback Whistler (Pachycephala albiventris)
Whistler with white ventilation (Pachycephala homeyeri)
Island Snitch (Pachycephala phaionota)
Rusty Snitch (Hyperitra Pachycephalus)
Brown-backed Whistler (Pachycephala modesta)
Yellow-bellied snitch (Pachycephala philippinensis)
hydrogen sulfide whistle (Pachycephala hydrogen sulfide)
Bornean whistle (Pachycephala hypoxantha)
Bird head snitch (Pachycephala meyeri)
Gray whistle (Pachycephalus simplex)
deer chest whistlers (Orpheus Pachycephalus)
Whistler Sclater (Pachycephala coor)
Rusty Whistler (Pachycephala fulvotincta)
yellow-bellied whistle (Pachycephala macrorhyncha)
Balim whistle (Pachycephala balim)
Black Whistler (Pachycephala mentalis)
Australian golden snitch (pectoral pachycephalus)
western whistler (Pachycephala occidentalis)
Whistler Bismarck (Citreogaster of Pachycephalus)
Whistler Oriola (Pachycephala orioloides)
Louisiada Whistler (Pachycephala collaris)
Whistler Rennell (Pachycephala feminina)
melanesian whistle (Pachycephala chlorura)
Whistler of New Caledonia (Pachycephalus Caledonian)
Whistler Fiji (Pachycephala vitiensis)
Whistler Temtu (Pachycephala vanikorensis)
Tongan whistle (Pachycephala jacquinoti)
Mangrove golden whistle (Pachycephala melanura)
Samoan Whistler (Pachycephalus Flavifrons)
Hooded whistler (Pachycephala implicata)
Whistler Bougainvillea (Pachycephala richardsi)
Voiceless Whistle (Pachycephala nudigula)
Whistler Lorentz (Pachycephala lorentzi)
Regent Whistler (Pachycephala schlegelii)
Golden-backed Whistler (Pachycephala aurea)
Whistler rufus (Pachycephala rufiventris)
Black-headed Whistler (Pachycephala monacha)
white-bellied snitch (Pachycephalus leucogastra)
Wallace Whistler (Pachycephala Arctitorkis)
Whistling crab (Pachycephala griseonota)
Cinnamon-breasted Whistler (Pachycephala johni)
white-chested whistler (pachycephalus lanioids)
Morningbird (Pachycephala Tenebrosa)

Former species

Previously, the following species (or subspecies) were also considered by some authorities as belonging to the genus Pachycephala ...
Whistler with a maruna back (as Pachycephala ravini)
Little Cricket Thrush (Fortis) (as Pachycephala Fortis)
The unidentified whistle Pacicephala was heard on May 14, 1994, 1000 meters south of Camiguin Peak in the Philippines, where this genus has not previously been found. It could be an undescribed taxon, or simply a vagrant of a known species. Balete, Danilo S. Tabaranza, Blas R. Jr. Heaney, Lawrence R. (2006) Fieldiana Zool. New series 106-58-72.

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