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White-breasted Whistler

(Pachycephala lanioides)
Alternate name(s): "White-bellied Whistler", "White-bellied Thickhead"
Size: 19-21 cm
Weight: 34-48 g

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

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See White-breasted Whistler at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Race "fretorum"



Lateral view of a male White-breasted Whistler; this bird was very elusive and hard to photograph (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Kulaluk, Darwin, NT, March 2013]


Lateral view of a female White-breasted Whistler (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Kulaluk, Darwin, NT, March 2013]

Breeding information

Breeding season: Mar - Nov Eggs: 1 - 2 Incubation period: 15-16 days Fledging age: ca. 16 days

Given the right conditions, White-breasted Whistlers can breed at any time of the year.

Nest building: Female Incubation: Female Dependent care: Female & male


"bungobittah", "malunna" = nest [Aboriginal]

Type: Hanging basket Material: Twigs, fine roots, lined with rootlets Height above ground: 1 - 5 m

The same female White-breasted Whistler as shown above, now near its nest that is still under construction (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Kulaluk, Darwin, NT, March 2013]


"boyanga", "booyanga", "derinya", "dirandil", "koomura", "ngampu", "nooluk", "pateena" = Egg; "dirundirri" = eggs [Aboriginal]; "gawu" = eggs [gamilaraay]

Size: 27 x 19 mm Colour: Creamy, with dark-brown speckles Shape: Tapered oval

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