Banda Sea Whistlers

Banda Sea Whistlers (Pachycephala macrorhyncha)

The Banda Sea Whistlers (Pachycephala macrorhyncha), also known as the Yellow-throated Whistler (leading to easy confusion with the Oriole Whistler), is a species of bird in the Pachycephalidae family.


It is endemic to central and south-eastern Wallacea, where it ranges from Timor east to the Tanimbars and north to Seram and Banggai (roughly equalling the islands in or adjacent to the Banda Sea). It is variably considered a subspecies of a widespread Golden Whistler or treated as a separate species, but strong published evidence in favour of either treatment is limited, and further study is warranted to resolve the complex taxonomic situation.

Among the members of the Golden Whistler group, the Banda Sea Whistler is bordered to the north by the Black-chinned Whistler, to the west by the Rusty-breasted Whistler, and to the south by the Australian Golden Whistler.



Despite the alternative common name Yellow-throated Whistler, the only subspecies of the Banda Sea Whistler where the male is yellow-throated is fuscoflava from the Tanimbar Islands. Males of other subspecies are white-throated, except par (Romang Island) and compar (Leti Islands) where the plumages of the males are female-like.



  1. Boles, W. E. (2007). Golden Whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis). pp. 421-423 in: del Hoyo, J.; Elliot, A. and Christie, D. eds (2007). Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 12: Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. ISBN 9788496553422


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