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Grey Whistler

(Pachycephala simplex)
Alternate name(s): "Grey-headed Whistler", "Brown Whistler"
Size: 14-15 cm
Weight: 15-20 g

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Grey Whistler at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "simplex"

This race is also called the "Brown Whistler". Note how, possibly depending on light conditions, birds of this race can look entirely grey, rather than brownish.

ADULT

Frontal view of a Grey Whistler (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, March 2013]

Lateral view of a Grey Whistler (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, March 2013]

Lateral view of a Grey Whistler (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Lee Point, Darwin, NT, September 2018]

Lateral/ventral view of a Grey Whistler (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Lee Point, Darwin, NT, September 2018]

Lateral view of a Grey Whistler (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Buffalo Creek Point, Darwin, NT, February 2018]

Lateral view of a Grey Whistler (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Buffalo Creek Point, Darwin, NT, February 2018]

In this view of a Grey Whistler one can see that they have all-round vision (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Buffalo Creek Point, Darwin, NT, February 2018]

Frontal/ventral view of a Grey Whistler (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Lee Point, Darwin, NT, September 2018]

Near-dorsal/ventral view of a Grey Whistler (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Fogg Dam CR, NT, May 2018]

Dorsal view of a Grey Whistler (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Buffalo Creek Point, Darwin, NT, February 2018]

Dorsal view of a Grey Whistler (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Fogg Dam CR, NT, May 2018]

Ventral view of a Grey Whistler (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Fogg Dam CR, NT, May 2018]

Ventral view of a Grey Whistler
[Holmes Jungle NP, Darwin, NT, August 2014]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Frontal view of a juvenile Grey Whistler; note the rufous feathers on the neck (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, November 2018]

Near-lateral view of a juvenile Grey Whistler with a droplet of liquid stuck to its bill; now the rufous on neck and wings is prominently visible (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, November 2018]

Lateral view of a juvenile Grey Whistler (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, August 2018]

Lateral view of a juvenile Grey Whistler; note the rufous wing feathers and the brownish bill (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, July 2014]

Race "peninsulae"

This race is called the "Grey Whistler".

ADULT

Near-frontal view of a Grey Whistler (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Julatten, QLD, July 2013]

Lateral view of a Grey Whistler (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Rocky Creek, Cairns, QLD, July 2013]

Behaviour

Like its cousin, the White-breasted Whistler, the Grey Whistler is also often seen in mangroves, in this case having a bath (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, March 2013]

Food, Diet

Lateral view of a Grey Whistler with its prey (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Darwin, NT, July 2013]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

greywhs_pb_20180914_1.m4a simplex
(Darwin, NT)
Territorial call (male) © PB
greywhs_pb_20180914_4.m4a simplex
(Darwin, NT)
Territorial call (male) © PB
greywhs_20140817.mp3 simplex
(Top End, NT)
Territorial call (male) © MD
greywhs_pb_20180914_5.m4a simplex
(Darwin, NT)
Territorial calls (Q&A) © PB
greywhs_pb_20180126.m4a simplex
(Darwin, NT)
Territorial calls (Q&A) © PB

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