Tongan whistler

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Tongan whistler
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Pachycephalidae
Genus: Pachycephala
Species:
P. jacquinoti
Binomial name
Pachycephala jacquinoti
Bonaparte, 1850
Synonyms
  • Eopsaltria melanops
  • Pachycephala melanops
  • Pachycephala pectoralis melanops

The Tongan whistler (Pachycephala jacquinoti) is a species of bird in the family Pachycephalidae. It is endemic to the islands of Vava'u and Late in Tonga. It is mainly found in tropical primary forest, but can sometimes be seen in second growth or wooded plantations. It is similar to the Australian golden whistler in appearance, but the head and throat of the male is entirely black, and the underparts of the female are yellow. The Tongan whistler is threatened by habitat loss. The Tongan whistler was also described by Jacques Pucheran in the genus Eopsaltria and has been variably considered as a subspecies of the golden whistler.

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References

  1. BirdLife International (2016). "Pachycephala jacquinoti". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species . IUCN. 2016: e.T22705510A94021921. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22705510A94021921.en . Retrieved 15 January 2018.