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Western Whistler

(Pachycephala occidentalis)
Aboriginal name(s): "bedilmidong", "bedjemer"
Size: 16-18 cm
Weight: 25-35 g


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

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Western Whistler at Wikipedia .

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Range, habitat, finding this species

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Frontal/ventral view of a male Western Whistler (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Manjimup, WA, March 2015]

Frontal view of a male Western Whistler looking backwards while preening (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Margaret River, WA, April 2015]

Near-lateral view of a male Western Whistler (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Margaret River, WA, April 2015]

Near-lateral view of a male Western Whistler (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Margaret River, WA, April 2015]


Frontal view of a female (or juvenile?) Western Whistler; this is a particularly dark specimen (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Manjimup, WA, March 2015]


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.

westwhs_jg_20161231.m4a (SW WA) Territorial calls Q&A © JG
westwhs_cp_20231105.m4a (SW WA) Territorial calls Q&A © CP

More Western Whistler sound recordings are available at .

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