Male golden whistler Pachycephala pectoralis, photographed by J. J. Harrison.

Belongs within: Corvoidea.

The Pachycephalidae includes the whistlers and shrike-thrushes, stout-bodied insectivorous birds found in Australasia and southeast Asia. In its current circumscription, the group is primarily supported by molecular data.

See also: Whistling for whistlers.

    |--Pachycare flavogriseum JT12
    `--+--+--+--‘Pitohui’ ferrugineus JT12
       |  |  `--‘Pitohui’ incertus JT12
       |  `--Colluricincla JF11
       |       |  i. s.: C. brunnea Gould 1840 WS48 (see below for synonymy)
       |       |         C. ferrugineus JF11
       |       |         C. parvula Gould 1845 WS48 (see below for synonymy)
       |       |         C. rufiventris Gould 1840 WS48 (see below for synonymy)
       |       |--C. megarhyncha JT12
       |       |    |--C. m. megarhyncha M03
       |       |    `--C. m. rufogaster M03
       |       `--+--C. boweri JT12
       |          `--+--C. harmonica JT12
       |             |    |--C. h. harmonica M03
       |             |    |--C. h. halmaturina M03
       |             |    |--C. h. kolichisi M03
       |             |    |--C. h. pallescens M03
       |             |    |--C. h. strigata M03
       |             |    |--C. h. superciliosa M03
       |             |    `--C. h. whitei M03
       |             `--C. woodwardi Hartert 1905 JT12, WS48 [incl. C. woodwardi assimilis Mathews 1914 WS48]
       |                  |--C. w. woodwardi M03
       |                  `--C. w. didimus M03
       `--+--Melanorectes nigrescens JF11 [=Pitohui nigrescens JT12]
          `--+--Coracornis JF11
             |    |--C. raveni [=Colluricincla raveni] JF11
             |    `--C. sanghirensis [=Colluricincla sanghirensis] JF11
             `--Pachycephala Vigors 1825 JF11, B94 [Pachycephalinae]
                  |  i. s.: P. aurea JT12
                  |         P. flavifrons JT12
                  |         P. griseiceps J06
                  |           |--P. g. griseiceps J06
                  |           `--P. g. gagiensis J06
                  |         P. homeyeri JT12
                  |         P. implicata JT12
                  |         P. intacta S13
                  |         P. jacquinoti JT12
                  |         P. leucogastra JT12
                  |         P. littayei S13
                  |         P. meyeri JT12
                  |         P. monacha JT12
                  |         P. morariensis S13
                  |         P. orpheus JT12
                  |         P. rufogularis M03
                  |         P. xantherythraea [incl. P. assimilis] S13
                  |         P. xanthoprocta Gould 1838 HWT01 [=P. pectoralis xanthoprocta M03]
                  |--P. nudigula JT12
                  `--+--+--P. inornata Gould 1840 JT12, WS48 (see below for synonymy)
                     |  `--P. olivacea JT12
                     |       |--P. o. olivacea M03
                     |       `--P. o. macphersoniana M03
                     `--+--P. soror JT12
                        `--+--P. caledonica JT12 (see below for synonymy)
                           `--+--P. schlegelii JT12
                              `--+--+--P. melanura Gould 1842 JT12, WS48
                                 |  |    |--P. m. melanura M03 (see below for synonymy)
                                 |  |    `--P. m. spinicauda M03
                                 |  `--P. pectoralis (Latham 1801) JT12, WS48 [=Muscicapa pectoralis WS48]
                                 |       |--P. p. pectoralis M03
                                 |       |--P. p. fuliginosa M03
                                 |       |--P. p. glaucura M03
                                 |       |--P. p. occidentalis Ramsay 1878 (see below for synonymy) WS48
                                 |       |--P. p. queenslandica M03
                                 |       |--P. p. robusta Masters 1876 WS48 (see below for synonymy)
                                 |       `--P. p. youngi M03
                                 `--+--+--+--P. simplex JT12
                                    |  |  |    |--P. s. simplex J06
                                    |  |  |    |--P. s. peninsulae M03
                                    |  |  |    `--P. s. rufipennis J06
                                    |  |  `--+--P. hyperythra JT12
                                    |  |     `--P. phaionota JT12
                                    |  `--+--P. arctitorquis JT12
                                    |     `--+--P. griseonota JT12
                                    |        `--+--‘Colluricincla’ tenebrosa JT12
                                    |           `--+--P. lanioides Gould 1839 JT12, WS48 (see below for synonymy)
                                    |              |    |--P. l. lanioides M03
                                    |              |    `--P. l. fretorum M03
                                    |              `--P. rufiventris (Latham 1801) JT12, WS48 (see below for synonymy)
                                    `--+--+--‘Colluricincla’ umbrina JT12
                                       |  `--+--P. lorentzi JT12
                                       |     `--P. modesta JT12
                                       `--+--P. philippinensis JT12
                                          `--+--P. hypoxantha JT12
                                             `--+--P. sulfuriventer JT12
                                                `--+--P. albiventris JT12
                                                   `--P. grisola JT12

Colluricincla brunnea Gould 1840 WS48 [=C. harmonica brunnea M03; incl. C. brunnea julietae Mathews 1942 WS48, C. brunnea parryi Mathews 1912 WS48, C. brunnea roebucki Mathews 1912 WS48]

Colluricincla parvula Gould 1845 WS48 [=C. megarhyncha parvula M03; incl. C. parvula conigravi Mathews 1912 WS48]

Colluricincla rufiventris Gould 1840 WS48 [=C. harmonica rufiventris M03; incl. C. rufiventris carteri Mathews 1923 WS48, C. rufiventris murchisoni Mathews 1912 WS48, C. harmonica murchisonii M03]

Pachycephala caledonica JT12 [=Muscicapa caledonica S13, Eopsaltria caledonica S13; incl. E. variegata S13]

Pachycephala inornata Gould 1840 JT12, WS48 [incl. P. gilbertii Gould 1844 WS48, P. inornata gilbertii M03]

Pachycephala lanioides Gould 1839 JT12, WS48 [incl. P. lanioides carnarvoni Mathews 1913 WS48]

Pachycephala melanura melanura M03 [=P. pectoralis melanura WS48; incl. P. melanura bynoei Mathews 1918 WS48]

Pachycephala pectoralis occidentalis Ramsay 1878 [incl. P. pectoralis interjecta Mathews 1920] WS48

Pachycephala pectoralis robusta Masters 1876 WS48 [=P. melanura robusta M03; incl. Eopsaltria hilli Campbell 1910 WS48]

Pachycephala rufiventris (Latham 1801) JT12, WS48 [=Sylvia rufiventris WS48; incl. P. rufiventris didimus Mathews 1918 WS48]

*Type species of generic name indicated


[B94] Bock, W. J. 1994. History and nomenclature of avian family-group names. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 222: 1-281.

[HWT01] Holdaway, R. N., T. H. Worthy & A. J. D. Tennyson. 2001. A working list of breeding bird species of the New Zealand region at first human contact. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 28: 119-187.

[JT12] Jetz, W., G. H. Thomas, J. B. Joy, K. Hartmann & A. Ø. Mooers. 2012. The global diversity of birds in space and time. Nature 491: 444-448.

[J06] Johnstone, R. E. 2006. The birds of Gag Island, Western Papuan islands, Indonesia. Records of the Western Australian Museum 23 (2): 115-132.

[JF11] Jønsson, K. A., P.-H. Fabre, R. E. Ricklefs & J. Fjeldså. 2011. Major global radiation of corvoid birds originated in the proto-Papuan archipelago. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 108 (6): 2328-2333.

[M03] Morcombe, M. 2003. Field Guide to Australian Birds, 2nd ed. Steve Parish Publishing.

[S13] Sarasin, F. 1913. Die Vögel Neu-Caledoniens und der Loyalty-Inseln. In Nova Caledonia: Forschungen in Neu-Caledonian und auf den Loyalty-Inseln. A. Zoologie vol. 1, Heft I (F. Sarasin & J. Roux, eds) pp. 1-78, pl. 1-3. C. W. Kreidels Verlag: Wiesbaden.

[WS48] Whittell, H. M. & D. L. Serventy. 1948. A systematic list of the birds of Western Australia. Public Library, Museum and Art Gallery of Western Australia, Special Publication 1: 1-126.

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