Alternative names: Mountain Whistler; Solomon Whistler; Solomon Mountain Whistler
- Pachycephala implicata
16.5cm. A Whistler with two distinctive subspecies:
- Black head
- Olive upperparts, yellow-olive in richardsi
- Black tail
- Dark grey chin to upper breast, black in richardsi
- Yellowish-olive rest of underparts, yellow in richardsi
- Black bill
- Grey crown and side of head
- Greenish-olive upperparts
- Pale grey chin, throat and upper breast, darker in richardsi
- Olive-yellow rest of underparts, yellow in richardsi
Juveniles similar to female but with rufous underparts and upperparts
Found on Bougainville Island (Papua New Guinea) and Guadalcanal (Solomon Islands).
As the two subspecies have major plumage differences they should maybe better treated as two full species. Further study is needed.
Montane forests mainly at 1200 - 2400m. Co-occurs with Golden Whistler in lower elevations.
Feeds on insects. Takes sometimes small snails, berries and seeds.
Fledglings were seen in October. No other information about breeding.
- Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
- Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2007. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 12: Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553422
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